Elizabeth Smails

Died 6th October 1849 


Elizabeth Smails died in the Cholera outbreak on 6th October 1849 when she was 77 years old, and a widow. According to the Newcastle Courant in her obituary she was recorded as the widow of John Smails a mariner. When we looked for the record of her death, she was entered in the Bishops Transcripts as Eleanor Smiles from Dispensary Street but we think her name should be Elizabeth Smails as in the Rawlinson Report and other records.

We don’t think she was born or married in Alnwick, but on the 1841 census Elizabeth was 65 years old ( rounded up figures only on this census) and living in Fenkle St with her daughter Ann who was age 25, born approximately 1816. We don’t think Ann was her only child, as Elizabeth was about 40 when Ann was born. Later we discovered that Ann had been born in Alnmouth or Lesbury, which might fit with her father being a mariner. Ann, still unmarried, had a daughter named Eleanor Pringle Young Smails born in 1845, so we assume Pringle or Young was the name of her absent father.

Elizabeth died from Cholera in 1849 and was buried in a mass grave at the rear of St Michael’s Church, so at least she knew her grand daughter before she died.

By 1851 Ann and her daughter Eleanor had moved to Roxburgh Place, Alnwick where she was a seamstress. They had two lodgers to help the make ends
meet. On the next census, in 1861 both mother and daughter were working in the clothing industry, Eleanor as a milliner, and Ann was a dressmaker.


Ten years later, Ann was living with her son in law, Isaac Gair who was a police officer. He and Eleanor had two small children both born in Barrasford Cottage, near Hexham. Ann was probably there to help with the children, but she was back in Alnwick when she died in 1873 age 58. 

1849 Cholera Outbreak
Ann Allison George, Susan and Isabella Anderson Ann Appleby John Douglas Arnott John Balmer Ann Bamburgh Isabella Bell Jane Berkley Sarah, Robert, Sarah Black Dorothy and Jane Brankston Ann Brown Isabella Burn Elizabeth Burnett Sarah Burnett Mary Carr Thomas Carr John Cavenah Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper Harvey and Catherine Cross Edward Davis George and Jane Davison William Dick John and Sarah Dickman Isabella Dixon Adam Dixon Rebecca Dobbs John Douglas Jane Douglas Jane Duncan Robert Duncan Ann Egdell Ralph Emmerson Ann Fawdon, Ann Fawdon Mary Ann Featherstone Henry and Ellen Mary Ferguson Isabella Flannaghan George and Eleanor Forster Robert Gardner Elizabeth Gray Dorothy Grey Robert Grey Thomasine Grey Mary and Henry Hedley Mary Henderson James and Ann Hindmarsh William Howey Ann Hudson, Ann Hudson George Hume, Alice Hume John Hunter Dorothy Jameson, Jane Jackson Joseph Jamison Thomas Jeffrey Elizabeth Jobson Mary Joicey James Keen, Margery Keen Frances Laing George Lindsay, John Lindsay Catherine Lockey James Lockey Ann Lough Patrick Macone Margaret Marshall Mary Maule Latitia McLaughlin James McMillan Thomas McMillan Neil McNab Elizabeth Mennim Catherine Metcalf Ann Middlemas Margaret Millar Mary Mills Margaret Moffit Jane Morrison Ann Nesbitt Ann Newton John Newton James Paxton Ann Pearson Mary and Isabella Pickard George Pike Rebecca Quin Mary and William Ramsay George Reed Thomas and Ann Robarts Michael Sanderson James Skelly George Slight Elizabeth Smails John Smith Sarah Smith John Snowdon Jane Snowdon Robert Stansfield John Stocker Robert Tate Dinah and Charlotte Tate George Taylor Grace and Jane Taylor Mary Thew Thomas Thompson Jane Thompson Henry Tinson John Walker Robert Wallace Alice Wardhaugh John and Robert Wardle Thomas Wilkinson James Williams Mary Wilson Elizabeth Wood Appendix-James Wood