Following the discovery of a new set of official records, this is a quick summary of where Anglo-Indian Project is up to, before the new records are published.
Stemming from the adventures of Edith Aileen Wharton, particularly her marriage to Clifford Melville Carr Smith, new records have been discovered revealing the many children of Clifford’s mother, Emma Violet Smith, her many siblings and the children of other closely connected family members. Including one very interesting surname – which we’ll keep private for now, but will be revealed in a future post.
Emma Violet Smith (or Violet Emma Smith – as written in some official records) was born in Landour, India on 25 October 1876, to parents Alfred George and Jane Sophia Astridge.
Age 17 years, Emma married Samuel Carey Gordon on 10 June 1895. Samuel died on 18 January 1917, aged 56 1/2 years, and Emma re-married on 14 August 1918 to Clifford Melville Smith. The couple went on to have (at least) one son on 3 September 1919, Clifford Melville Carr Smith. Emma died on 30 November 1929, and was buried in Lucknow, Bengal. Her son, Clifford, went on to marry Edith Aileen Hassett, on 19 April 1942 in Ranchi, Bengal, and the (official/marital) connection between the Smith’s and the Hassett’s was made.
There are some age / date discrepancies here, which are discussed in further detail on Emma Violet Smith’s AIP post.
What has been discovered since publishing these records, is a number of children between:
- Emma Violet Gordon and Samuel Carey Gordon (currently 9 children discovered)
- Samuel Carey Gordon and Anne Cecilia Caroline Watts (currently 4 children discovered)
- Alfred George Astridge and Jane Sophia Astridge (currently 11 children discovered)
That’s a lot of children. These families, true to late 19th century – early 20th century trends, had large families. All of these records will be presented in the coming weeks and months through the Anglo-Indian Project, with many more discoveries on the horizon.