Cudgegong Valley History Project

Henry John SmedeAge: 8118711952

Henry John Smede
Given names
Henry John
Birth 1871 24 20

Birth of a daughter
Ivy Neah Smede

Birth of a son
Derick J Smede

Birth of a sisterAmelia Ann Smede
1872 (Age 12 months)

Birth of a brotherJames Frederick Smede
1873 (Age 2)

Birth of a brotherAlfred William Smede
1875 (Age 4)

Birth of a brotherSamuel David Smede
1876 (Age 5)

Birth of a brotherGeorge Thomas Smede
1878 (Age 7)

Birth of a brotherEdgar Francis Smede
January 5, 1880 (Age 9)

Birth of a brotherErnest Edward Smede
1881 (Age 10)

Birth of a brotherHerbert Percy Smede
1883 (Age 12)

Birth of a sisterCatherine Christina Smede
1885 (Age 14)

Death of a maternal grandfatherSamuel Pickett
April 12, 1902 (Age 31)

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)

Birth of a daughter
Hilda Isabell Ann Smede
1908 (Age 37)

Birth of a daughter
Rita Henrietta Smede
1910 (Age 39)

Death of a maternal grandmotherAnn Drake
July 28, 1913 (Age 42)


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 daughter
Amelia Jane Smede
1916 (Age 45)

Birth of a daughter
Winifred Esme Catherine Smede
1918 (Age 47)

Birth of a son
Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede
about 1919 (Age 48)

Death of a sonDerick J Smede
1923 (Age 52)

Death of a brotherAlfred William Smede
July 26, 1924 (Age 53)


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 53)
Death of a fatherJohn David Smede
November 21, 1924 (Age 53)

Death of a brotherErnest Edward Smede
October 6, 1934 (Age 63)
Burial of a brotherErnest Edward Smede
October 9, 1934 (Age 63)
Death of a brotherSamuel David Smede
October 18, 1934 (Age 63)

Burial of a brotherSamuel David Smede
after October 18, 1934 (Age 63)
Marriage of a childElijah MarskellHilda Isabell Ann SmedeView this family
June 28, 1935 (Age 64)

WEDDING Marskell— Smede A QUIET but pretty wedding was celebrated at St. John's Church of England on the 28th ultimo. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. L. C. S. Walker, of Mudgee. The contracting parties were Hilda, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, and Elijah, son of Mr. E. Marskell of Alambi, Wollar. As the bride entered the church the wedding march was played. The bride looked charming in a frock of ivory satin and silver lame, and wore an embroidered tulle veil, which fell to the train of her frock and was held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of arum lilies and roses and asparagus, fern and while streamers and wore a diamond brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. Miss Ivy Smede, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid and was prettily attired in pale pink windswept crepe with kilted trimming of same shade and pale blue sash. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of pink and yellow tinted roses with blue streamers. Mr. Eric Marskell carried out the duties of best man. After the ceremony the wedding party left the church amid a shower of confetti to Miss Blackburn's refreshment room, where refreshments were partaken of and the usual toasts proposed. Mr. and Mrs. Marskell left by train en route to Sydney and thence to Brisbane, where the honeymoon is being spent. Their future home will be in North Queensland. The bride's travelling attire was of beige and brown flecked diagonal tweed costume, with brown accessories. The bride's present to the bride-groom was a pair of gold sleeve links set with rubies. Telegrams containing best wishes for their happiness were received at the reception, one of which was from Mrs. R. H. Dangar, of Turee Station, and one from the staff. Mr. and Mrs. Marskell were the recipients of many lovely presents (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 6 June 1935, page 11).

Death of a daughterHilda Isabell Ann Smede
1935 (Age 64)

Marriage of a childVincent John Roy PapworthWinifred Esme Catherine SmedeView this family
1940 (Age 69)

Death of a brotherEdgar Francis Smede
September 6, 1941 (Age 70)


DEATHS Mr. E. F. Smede THE death occurred in the Mudgee District Hospital on Saturday morning last of Mr. Edgar Francis Smede, at the age of 61 years. Deceased was well known and highly respected in Mudgee and district. He was a resident of Pipeclay and Havilah districts. His wife predeceased him by eighteen months. To his relatives and his five small children, whose ages range from three to ten years, our deepest sympathy is extended. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon to the Church of England portion of the Mudgee cemetery, the Rev. Powell. officiating at the church and the graveside. Arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. J. C. Swords and Son. (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Monday 8 September 1941, page 7).

Burial of a brotherEdgar Francis Smede
September 7, 1941 (Age 70)
Death of a daughterAmelia Jane Smede
1943 (Age 72)

Death of a motherCatharine Pickett
June 25, 1948 (Age 77)

Death of a sisterCatherine Christina Smede
December 13, 1952 (Age 81)
Death 1952 (Age 81)

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  1. Generation 1
    1. Henry John Smede, son of John David Smede and Catharine Pickett, was born in 1871 and died in 1952 at the age of 81. He married Alma Margaret Pickett, daughter of Samuel Pickett and Jane Ann Nipperess.

      Children of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett:

      1. Private
      2. Ivy Neah Smede (1980)
      3. Winifred Esme Catherine Smede (19182006)
      4. Private
      5. Derick J Smede (1923)
      6. Amelia Jane Smede (19161943)
      7. Hilda Isabell Ann Smede (19081935)
      8. Rita Henrietta Smede (19101995)
      9. Private
      10. Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede (19191993)
  2. Generation 2
    1. Winifred Esme Catherine Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1918 and died on March 11, 2006 at the age of 88. She married Vincent John Roy Papworth in 1940. He was born about 1914 and died on September 18, 1979.

    2. Amelia Jane Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1916 and died in 1943 at the age of 27. She married Alva Myers Nevell, son of Henry Nevell and Clarice N A Myers.

      Amelia Jane Smede and Alva Myers Nevell had 2 children.

    3. Hilda Isabell Ann Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1908 and died in 1935 at the age of 27. She married Elijah Marskell on June 28, 1935 in St John the Baptist Church, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia. He died on June 14, 1988.

    4. The details of this family are private.
    5. Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede, son of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born about 1919 and died on November 6, 1993. He married Jessie Wright.

      Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede and Jessie Wright had 7 children.

  3. Generation 3
    The details of this generation are private.