'The family of Smithe, or Smythe, from which sprang the Lords Strangford, was settled at Corsham in Wilts in the time of Henry VIII. John Smythe, a substantial yeoman and clothier, who married a daughter of Thomas Brounker, died at Corsham in 1538, leaving his wife a life interest in his mill, with the reversion of it to his son John, as well as his other property. John Smythe's eldest son, named after his father, married a daughter of John Lygon of Richard Castle, Herefordshire, to whom a grant of arms was accorded. To Thomas, his younger son, born in 1522, he left a farm in the Hundred of Amesbury, Wilts, of the value of £20 per annum. Thomas, who must have been about sixteen years of age at the time of his father's death, came up to London with the intention of seeking his fortune ... '
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A monument of this Smythe family can be found in the south trancept of the church of St. Mary The Virgin - Ashford, Kent. The monument also shows his wife lying beside him and there are details there of his twelve children.