Thomas Cotton Smedley

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Thomas Cotton Smedley

Birthplace: Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: after 1857
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Smedley and Mary Smedley
Husband of Martha Smedley and Elizabeth Joynes
Father of Harriet Rawson; Ruth Smedley; Matilda Smedley and Thomas Joynes Smedley
Brother of Charles Smedley; Gervase Smedley and Gideon Smedley

Occupation: Brick and tile maker, Victualler, Beerhouse Keeper
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About Thomas Cotton Smedley

Thomas Cotton SMEDLEY was born on 17 Apr 1803 in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, England to John and Mary Smedley. He was christened on 8 May 1803 in Stapleford, Notts, Eng. He died after 1857. Thomas was baptized into the Mormon Church on 31 Mar 1851 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England.

Thomas married, (1) MARTHA MITCHELL on 26 Feb 1822 in Kettlethorpe, Lincoln, England. MARTHA was born about 1793 in Nottinghamshire, England. She died on 21 Jul 1859 in Harby, Nottingham, England. They had the following children:

2 F i. Ruth SMEDLEY was born on 23 Mar 1829 in Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire, England. Ruth married Unknown .

3 F ii. Matilda SMEDLEY was born about 1832 in Nottinghamshire, England

Thomas married (2) Elizabeth JOYNES daughter of Thomas JOYNES and Ann HOLBROOK about 1836. Elizabeth was born in 1808 in St Peters, Nottingham, Notts, Eng. She was christened on 15 Jun 1808 in St Marys, Nottingham, Notts, Eng. She died on 21 Jul 1854 in Derby, Derbys, Eng.

Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children: Thomas Joynes SMEDLEY was born on 16 Aug 1837. He died on 23 Feb 1921.

OCCUPATION: Thomas Cotton Smedley was a brick and tile maker. Smedley and Wilson, brick makers ----- 1829 directory of County Derby, page 79


Thomas Smedley along with son and daughter in law, Thomas Joynes and Ann Smedley, came to the US in 1857 on board The George Washington. They sailed from Liverpool, England on March 28, 1857 and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts April 20, 1857. They were listed as follows: Thos. Smedley 54 Brick maker Thos. " 19 Tailor Ann Smedley 22 unstated (The passenger list can be found on

All passengers on board were mormon converts. Their passages were paid by the Perpetual Emigration Fund. I have not been able to find anything on Thomas C. Smedley since he landed in Massachusetts in 1857. There is a diary of Amos Musser that records the passage. He was in charge of booking train tickets for the passengers after they landed in Boston. I need to find these records some how.


The Smedley Family records and stories for three generations have said that Thomas Cotton Smedley (Thomas Joynes' father) died in 1851 and that is why great grandfather went to live with an uncle after his mother died. In doing my own research I have discovered that it is either a blatant lie that has been passed down, or a simple error by someone other than T.J. Smedley that has never been checked out. I have also discovered that he was married before and had two daughters that no one ever mentioned.

In 1841 the oldest daughter Ruth Smedley was living with Thomas C Smedley, while her mother was living with Thomas C's brother Gideon. In 1851 Ruth was living with her mother Martha, and she was listed as married. And according to Martha's death record in 1859 she was married to Thomas Smedley, brick maker at the time. Maybe he went back to his first wife in 1851 and then went back to her after being in the United States for a while -- I just don't know. I am not even certain his middle name is Cotton.

Since great grandpa came to the United States with his father, why wouldn't his children know this? It just doesn't make sense to me. I really hate it when important information in kept secret.


1. 1851 Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England Census, 30 Mar 1851. " 7 Rosemary Lane Thomas Smedley Head mar 47 brick and tile maker Notts Stapleford Elizabeth " wife mar 42 dress maker " Nottingham Thomas " son 13 Tile maker Yorksh Wadsley."

2. 1841 Wombwell, Darfield, Yorkshire, England Census. "Thomas Smedley 35 Brick Maker Elizabeth " 30 Eliza " 15 Ruth " 12 Thomas " 3 James Robertshaw 15 M.S. Thomas Guest 12 M.S."

3. The George Washington passenger list.

4. Brent Jensen, Calvin Buck Smedley, page 6. "The Smedley baptisms into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints were noted in the Mansfield Branch records."

5. 1841 Census-- North Clifton Hundred: Newark (North Division) Harby, Nottinghamshire, England , Folio: 8; Page: 8; Line: 13; GSU roll: 438907. Gideon Smedley 30 Ag Lab Alfred Smedley 6 Reuben Smedley 4 Martha Smedley 50 Matilda Smedley 9

6. 1851 Harby, Nottinghamshire, England Census, Class: HO107; Piece: 2136; Folio: 106; Page: 17; GSU roll: 87766 Martha Smedley 58 head mar nurse Ruth Smedley 22 dau Matilda Smedley 2

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Thomas Cotton Smedley's Timeline

April 17, 1803
Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
Lincolnshire, England
March 23, 1829
Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom)
Nottinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
August 16, 1837
Wadsley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 53
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Thomas Cotton did not die in England 1851 as we have been led to believe. He was with his son Thomas J and Ann Smedley aboard the ship George Washington on their trip to America in 1857. I still have not been able to find any trace of him after the ship's arrival in Boston, Massachusets.