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Here is some family information kindly supplied by Robert E Smith from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

George A Smith—My Great grandfather was born 15 March 1850 in Martham Norfolk England and died 15 May 1930 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. He married Jane Eddy on May 24 May 1869 in Yarmouth. He immigrated to The USA and arrived in New York on 25 October 1869.  His wife Jane immigrated one year later in 1870 and they settled in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. She died in 1918. He was a tailor. At the age of 11 he was living with his grandfather, George Smith, and is listed in the 1861 England Census as an aid to a tailor.  His grandfather was a tailor and lived in Ludham.  Both his father, William, and grandfather, George, were born in Ludham.  His grandfather was born about 1793 in Ludham.

In the 1880-81 Grand Rapids City Directory my great grandfather is listed as a tailor employed by Houseman and May. I wonder if this company recruited immigrants because his immigration in 1869 was just four years after the Civil War.

The Ludham Archive thinks there may be some connection with the Davey Family, also from Ludham who also emigrated to Grand Rapids in the same year as George Smith.

Information from Smith gravestones at St Catherines:
Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Smith the beloved wife of George Smith who died January 1, 1852 aged 70 years
Also George Smith the beloved husband of the above and clerk of this parish for 39 years who died at the residence of his daughter. Somerset Street, Portman Square, London. August 1st 1858 aged 79 years.

“Check then the starting tear and kiss the rod
Who not to death resigned them but to God.”
To the memory of
William Smith
The affectionate husband of
Eliz Smith
Who died October 22nd
aged 60 years

In memory of
William Smith
the loving and affectionate husband of
Ellen Smith
Who died Feb. 16 1878
Aged 32 years
The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away
Blessed be the name of the Lord
His end was peace.

George Brian Smith
30.4.1937 – 20.6.2005
Loving memories of
A wonderful husband, dad and grandad
His life a beautiful memory
His absence a silent grief

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