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Samuel David SmedeAge: 5818761934

Samuel David Smede
Given names
Samuel David
Birth 1876 29 25

Birth of a brotherGeorge Thomas Smede
1878 (Age 2)

Birth of a brotherEdgar Francis Smede
January 5, 1880 (Age 4)

Birth of a brotherErnest Edward Smede
1881 (Age 5)

Birth of a brotherHerbert Percy Smede
1883 (Age 7)

Birth of a sisterCatherine Christina Smede
1885 (Age 9)

Death of a maternal grandfatherSamuel Pickett
April 12, 1902 (Age 26)

PASTORALIST COMMIT SUICIDE. Mr. Samuel Pickett, a well-known pastoralist, residing at Long Gully, about 14 miles from Rylstone, is reported to have committed suicide. Deceased, who was 76 years of age, had been suffering from ill health for the past four or five years, and had recently been much worried with fear that his stock would perish during the coming winter. He took a dose of strychnine, and refused any emetic. He had spent the greater part of his life in the district, and had reared a family of twelve, all of whom, with their mother, survive him. (Sunday Times, Sunday 20 April 1902, p. 8).


LATEST NEWS BY WIRE. [Press Telegraph Association.] SYDNEY A SAD SUICIDE. Samuel Pickett, senr., aged 76, residing at Long Gully, near Rylstone, committed suicide by taking a dose of strychnine from a bottle kept in the house for poisoning dogs. He lingered several hours. Though evidently he underwent great agony, he resolutely refused to take an emetic. He had been in ill health for four or five years past; this, added to the fear that he would lose all his stock for want of feed during the coming winter, brought about a feeling of despondency. (Maitland Daily Mercury, Tuesday 15 April 1902, p. 3)


AN OLD RESIDENT OF LUE. POISONS HIMSELF WITH STRYCHNINE. DEPRESSED BY DROUGHT. (from our Correspondent). On Saturday morning, the 12th instant, between 9 and 10 o'clock, Mr. Samuel Pickett, farmer of Long Gully near Lue, informed his wife and son that he had taken poison, but his statement was at first not believed. Some two hours afterwards symptoms of strychnine poisoning showed them-selves, Mr. Pickett having a fit, followed by another an hour and a half later, in which he died. Deceased, who was in his 77th year, was a native England, and had been residing at Long Gully for forty years, where he made a comfortable home for himself. Mr. Pickett reared a large family of sons and daughters, all of whom are married. During the past few years Mr. Pickett suffered from bad health, especially so for the last six months, and was often heard to say that he wished he was dead, as he was only a trouble to himself and those members of his family near him, but he was never heard to threaten to take his own life. The desolation of the drought had recently worried the deceased, who became much depressed as it became more and more evident that many of his stock would perish. A bottle with a small quantity of strychnine in it was kept on a shelf in the kitchen, for the purpose of poisoning dogs, and deceased must have taken this into his bedroom the night before he took the fatal dose, as he did not leave his room on Saturday until about half-past nine in the morning, when he made the statement of having taken the poison. A cup of tea had been taken to deceased by his wife early in the morning, and appearances indicated that he poured a portion of the tea into the strychnine bottle, stirred the contents and then drank it. Deceased was much respected in the locality in which he so long resided, and very general sympathy is expressed for the members of his family, many of whom occupy good positions in the district. An inquest held at Long Gully on Tuesday, before Wm. Taylor, J.P., Coroner, and a jury of five, when a verdict was returned, of death by strychnine poisoning self administered. The re-mains were interred at Lue. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative Thursday 17 April 1902, p. 11)

MarriageMary Maria LennoxView this family
1910 (Age 34)

Death of a maternal grandmotherAnn Drake
July 28, 1913 (Age 37)


We regret to have to record the death of a very old resident of Lue, in the person of Mrs. Ann Pickett at the advanced age of 88 years of age. Her death took place on the 28th July at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. Thompson, of the LueHotel, with whom she had resided since the death of her husband (Mr. Samuel Pickett) some twelve years ago. The deceased lady had been a resident of the district for over sixty years. She leaves a family of 4 sons and 8 daughters, besidesgrandchildren and great-grand children. The funeral was very largely attended. The Rev. Mr. Walker, of Rylstone, officiated at the graveside. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Thursday 14 August 1913, p. 23).

Birth of a son
James J Smede
1923 (Age 47)

Death of a sonJames J Smede
April 21, 1924 (Age 48)

Burial of a sonJames J Smede
after April 21, 1924 (Age 48)
Death of a brotherAlfred William Smede
July 26, 1924 (Age 48)


Died on Wedding Day SAD DEATH OF MR. A SMEDE. Very sad circumstances surrounded the death of Alfred Smede, in Sydney on Thursday. Deceased was attending to the overhead tram-way wires when he fell through a skylight, a distance of 14 ft., injuring his spine. He was conveyed to Sydney Hospital, and passed away on Saturday morning. Deceased who was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smede, of Mudgee, was 48 years of age, and a native of Cooyal. The sad feature of his death was the fact that he was to have been married last Saturday to Miss Daisy Walsh, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Walsh and Mrs. Walsh, of Gulgong. The only persons present at his death were his brother and sister in law, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Smede, Mr. C. Robinson, brother-in-law, Mr. R. Drew, brother-in-law, and his fiancee, Miss Walsh. Besides the sorrowing father and mother, he is survived by the following brothers Ernest, Harry, Edgar, Herbert, James, Samuel, George, and three sisters, Mesdames George Walker, Tottenham; Charles Robinson, Pipeclay; Mrs. H. Knight, Camboon, Rylstone. The body was brought to Mudgee this morning, and will be interred in the R.C. portion of the general cemetery this afternoon. Deceased was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. For many years he was an enthusiastic member of the Cooyal Cricket Club. Deep sympathy is felt for his relatives and fiancee (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Monday 28 July 1924, page 23).

Burial of a brotherAlfred William Smede
after July 26, 1924 (Age 48)
Death of a fatherJohn David Smede
November 21, 1924 (Age 48)

Death of a brotherErnest Edward Smede
October 6, 1934 (Age 58)
Burial of a brotherErnest Edward Smede
October 9, 1934 (Age 58)
Death October 18, 1934 (Age 58)

Burial after October 18, 1934
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: 1870
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younger brother
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younger brother
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Family with Mary Maria Lennox - View this family
Marriage: 1910
14 years

  1. Generation 1
    1. Samuel David Smede, son of John David Smede and Catharine Pickett, was born in 1876 and died on October 18, 1934 at the age of 58. He married Mary Maria Lennox, daughter of Thomas Lennox and Ellen Robertson, in 1910. She was born in 1880 and died on January 7, 1952 at the age of 72.

      Children of Samuel David Smede and Mary Maria Lennox:

      1. James J Smede (19231924)