Alfred SMITH, son of James SMITH and Ellen KNIBBS , was born 10 February 1875 in Old Windsor District, Berkshire, England. He married Mary L ASHTON 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He died 15 January 1951 in Bryn Mawr, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA. Mary L ASHTON was born abt. 1901 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died aft. 1951.

Marriage Notes for Alfred SMITH\Mary L ASHTON:

Alfred and Mary in later years. (click to enlarge)

Alfred and Mary were married in 1919 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under license number 399006. They had two daughters, Elizabeth Ellen and Alice.

Notes for Alfred SMITH:

Alfred at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England in 1950. (click to enlarge)

In 1901, we see Alfred living at Ivy Cottage, Goring, West Sussex:
Cecelia Bedcock Head Wid 80 Living on Own Means Doiuglas Isle of Man
Edward Lambert Boarder 30 UnM Domestic Gardner Dewshurst Norfolk
Alfred Smityh Boarder 25 Domestic Cioachman Windsor Berkshire

I understand from Alfred's grandson, John Baltz, that Alfred emigrated to the US in around 1910 and worked on a horse farm. He met a girl named Mary Ashton. Mary's father, John Ashton, was also from England and worked on the same horse farm.

Alfred joined the Canadian Army in 1918 to train horses for the cavalry, We know from his Attestation Papers, that when he enlisted he gave an incorrect date of birth, declaring himself to be three years younger than he actually was, thus avoiding being rejected because of his age.

After the war he returned to Pennsylvania where he married Mary.

We first see Alfred in 1920, living at Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania:
Alfred Smith Head Mar 38 England
Mary Smith Wife Mar 19 Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Smith Daur 0 Pennsylvania

In 1930, Alfred and his family were living at Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania:
Alfred Smith Head Mar 51 England
Mary Smith Wife Mar 29 Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Smith Daur 10 Pennsylvania
Alice Smith Daur 7 Pennsylvania
Mathilda Miller Aunt 65 Scotland
Barney Logue Lodger 24 Ireland

In 1940, we see him still living at Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania:
Alfred Smith Head Mar 63 Sexton England
Mary Smith Wife Mar 39 Pennsylvania
Alice Smith Daur UnM 18 Pennsylvania
Eliz Baltz Daur Mar 20 Pennsylvania
John Baltz Son-in-Law Mar 19 Billing Clark Pennsylvania

Alfred Smith.
Alfred Smith, sexton of All Saints Church, Wynnewood, died Monday in Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was 75. Born in Windsor, England, he served in the Canadian Army during World War I. He was a member of the British Legion. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Mrs. Betty Baltz, of Gladwyne, with whom he lived, and Mrs. James Wiggins, of Ardmore. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church. Interment will be in Northwood Cemetery.

From the Weekly Leaflet, All Saints Church, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, 21 January 1951:
On Monday night at 11:30 P.M., Alfred Smith passed on into Life Eternal. He made a brave fight to the end, which came peaceably and gloriously. Before he went to the hospital, when he should have given in and saved himself in his weakened condition, he refused any relaxation from work and insisted upon doing his bit, especially in getting the Church decorated for Christmas. He would not go to the hospital until Christmas Eve, after he had put everything in readiness.
In September, 1921, "Smitty" entered my employ at Montgomery School. From the beginnng, his determination was to finish the job started, rather than "knock oft'" work at the stroke of five. I called upon him in the middle of the night when there was trouble. He was always there, and never intimated that he should be given extra remuneration. To do his job well was his motto, rather than not do it if he was not to receive "overtime" pay.
In 1921, when All Saints Church was in its infancy, as a Parish, and we were unable to employ an all time Sexton, I would ask Smith to open the Church and be present at all week-day services - Marriages, Funerals and Baptisms. This he did, never being paid for it, and finished his regular work at the school after hours. Even after we had a Sexton who gave Some time during the week to Church affairs, "Smitty" was always there to show him how.
At St. Joseph's Chapel, when we commenced our work there, he was always on hand to do and help in any way he could in order that the evening services might be conducted in an orderly manner.
As a father, I admired his spirit and devotion. During the last few years, I suggested that it would be wiser for him to live by himself where he would have quiet and an opportunity to relax. His reply was, "I am doing no more than you would do".
All Saints Church has lost a devoted, loyal and faithful friend, who conscientiously carried on in his partt of the ministry of the Church. The only possible Compensation we have for the loss is that we made it possible for him, at the end of his days, to go to England, and have that rich experience of visiting his homeland.
May his soul rest in peacel
The Reverend Gibson Bell, Rector


From a local Newspaper, courtesy of John Baltz;


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Alfred.

Sources for Alfred SMITH:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD,
  3. Personal Contact with John Baltz,
  4. 1891 British Census,
  5. Military Attestation Paper,
  6. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Mary L ASHTON:

I suspect it maybe Mary we see in 1910, living with her parents and siblings at Caln, Chester, Pennsylvania,
John Ashton Head Mar 46 England
Elizabeth Ashton Wife Mar F 36 Scotland
Frederick W Ashton Son 9 Pennsylvania
Mary L Ashton Daur 10 Pennsylvania
Ruth E Ashton Daur 3 Pennsylvania

In 1920, Mary had married but we see her parents living at Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania:
John Ashton Head Mar 62 Farm Manager England
Elizabeth Ashton Wife 49 Scotland
Fred Ashton Son 18 UnM Railroad Clerk Pennsylvania
Ruth Ashton Daur 13 Pennsylvania

Mary's brotjher Frederick William Ashton married on 24 May 1947 to Mary Frances Dent in the county of Franklin, Pennsylvania.
We learn from his application for a marriage licence that Mary's parents were John Henry Ashton and his wife Elizabeth (Miller) Ashton b.1913. Her father had died before 1947, Her father was indeed English and her mother Scottish.
Frederick had been married before and divorced in 1943. Mary had also been married to a man named Weagley.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Mary's brother, Frederick.