Mary Elizabeth Rowbottom & James Robson Smith


Saint Mary’s Church

Mary Elizabeth Rowbottom, born in 1882 in Parkgate, Rotherham, is my great grand aunt and daughter of Albert Rowbottom and Charlotte Yates.

On Christmas Day, 1905, Mary married James Robson Smith in Saint Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh. Together, they issued two children, called, Seth (1907 to 1946) and Amy (1909 to 1933). Despite Seth and Amy being born prior to 1911, I’ve so far been unable to find them on the 1911 Census.


Netherfield Lane

Below are a couple of newspaper articles pertaining to James’s death and funeral. I have so far been unable to conclusively ascertain when Mary died, although it was sometime between 1924 and 1946.


DEATH OF MR. JAMES SMITH. – After a long illness, the death occurred on Wednesday of Mr. James Smith, of 97, Netherfield lane, Parkgate. For many years Mr. Smith had been employed at the Parkgate Works, and was much respected by his fellow-workmen. He was greatly interested in adult education, particularly the Workers’ Educational Association and in the Co-operative Guild. Thirty-eight years of age, he leaves a widow, a son and a daughter.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company



Amid many manifestations of sympathy, the funeral took place on Sunday, at the Haugh road cemetery, of Mr. James Smith, of Netherfield lane, Parkgate. The service, which was very impressive, was conducted by Mr. J. Beck, of Parkgate.


Haugh Road Cemetery

The mourners were:- Mrs. Smith (widow), Mr. Seth Smith (son), Miss Amy Smith (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. John Smith (brother), Mr. R. Smith (nephew), Mr. G. H. Rowbottom (brother-in-law), Mr. T. Rowbottom (brother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. D. Rowbottom (brother-in-law), Mrs. A. Rowbottom and Mrs. F. Rowbottom (sisters-in-law), Mr. H. Scholes (brother-in-law), Miss Rowbottom (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. T. Hughes (sister-in-law), Miss Ethel Rowbottom, Miss L. Rowbottom (nieces), Mr. L. Rowbottom, Mr. D. Rowbottom, Mr. J. Rowbottom, Mr. M. Rowbottom, Mr. G. A. Rowbottom, Mr. F. Rowbottom (nephews), Mr. and Mrs. G. White (nephew), Mr. Denham and Miss Purdy. Mr. G. Royston and Mr. G. W. Hopkinson represented the Homes and Hospital Committee at the Parkgate Works, and Mr. J. Jones the Sheffield District Committee of the A.E.U. The Rotherham District of A.E.U. were well represented as also was the Parkgate Class of the W.E.A., the Rotherham Branch of the W.E.A., the Parkgate Co-operative Guild, and the Rawmarsh and Parkgate Labour Party.

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