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Drew/Nias AncestorsAda Josephine Drew
b. c1864 Hanover Sq. London.


Henry James Drew Smythe
b.1891 Northampton d.1983 Cheltenham

1901 Census Record



James H D Smythe

Relation to Head of Family


Age Last Birthday




Profession or Occupation

Boarder Pupil

Employment Status


Condition as to Marriage


Where Born



Friends School

Civil Parish

Sibford Ferris

Rural District


Town or Village or Hamlet

Sibford Ferris

Ecclesiastical Parish

Holy Trinity

Parliamentary Borough or Division

North Oxon

County Borough, Municipal Borough or Urban District

County Oxford

Administrative County


Ward of Municipal Borough or Urban District






Marjorie Jose Drew Smythe
b. 1893 - Northampton - married name Fisher
Phyllis Mary Drew Smythe
b 1895 - Northampton - married 1919 - A.C.Tuft
Ada Josephine Drew's Will. Ada Josephine Smythe Text of her (1944) Will.

Ada Drew was something of a painter - as this reference in a 1919 letter from her son to his wife suggests:

" ... and I also bought a cabinet of coloured views of old Nuremburg - awfully nicely done - which I thought we might divide with Mother as there are too many of the same sort of thing to have for our house; just a few will do for framing ... and then I can give Mother some and I know that she will love them. I shall make her paint some of them for the house ... as she copies things like that awfully well, like those she did of Geneva."

Dearest Blue Eyes
Letters written in January 1919 by H.J. Drew-Smythe to his wife Enid while he was in Bavaria ensuring the release of British Prisoners of War,
Dearest Blue Eyes - personal letters of HJDS to  his wife, 1919

Map of area c. 1885

Map c.1885

The unknown person in this photograph at Lower Farm, Tockington, Bristol c.1939 is thought to be of the same generation as Enid and Henry James Drew Smythe and having resemblance to Henry James - possibly Phyllis Mary Drew Tuft (née Smythe).

How unusual are the forenames "Phyllis Mary Drew" in one string? Phyllis Mary Drew Smythe married (1) 1919 A.C. Tuft at Stroud.

Possible 2nd marriage to "Parkin" Ref: Saskatoon, Canada - Recorded at Woodlawn Cemetery, one of Saskatoon's two municipal cemeteries. PARKIN, PHYLLIS MARY DREW #18336 13A - 42 - S1/2 Dec-17-1955 Dec-20-1955 -

The Reverend Frank Tompson SmytheSmythe Family

Springhill Lodge,
Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Born at Worstead, in Norfolk, in February 1862, Frank Tompson Smythe became a Baptist Minister and received his training for the ministry at Bristol College.


His father, James Francis Smythe, was also a Baptist Minister (click image) and was Pastor at Worstead when F.T. Smythe was born.


The 1881 Census in England places Frank T. Smythe as being a nineteen year old clerk, living with his parents at 45 Arkwright St in Little Bolton, Lancashire, England.


His first pastorate was at Harlington in Middlesex from 1887 to 1889. Here, he met and married  Ada Josephine Drew in 1890. (Staines PRO -September Quarter Vol.3a P.28.). James Drew, his father-in-law, was a hosier (Burlington Arcade) and lived in what was then Hatton Road - at Gore House. The modern Baptist Church is near the Post Office.

Frank T. Smythe and Ada moved to Mount Pleasant, Northampton, for thirteen years. Whilst at Northampton he became President of the Baptist Association. Later he was to become President of the Bristol and District Association.

In 1902 [the year his father died] Frank Smythe's ministry took the family to Counterslip, Bristol and then, in 1907, to Shortwood, Nailsworth - Gloucestershire - where he "exercised a long and fruitful ministry" until 1933. He is known to have published a book "Chronicles of Shortwood" (Bristol) in 1916.

From 1933 to 1937 Frank Tompson Smythe took on the oversight of the Church at Wotton-under-Edge. During his life, he was a Justice of the Peace and was "highly esteemed for his public services in the Nailsworth and Stroud districts." A Baptist memoir of him reads: "He possessed many outstanding qualities and was greatly beloved and respected for his most efficient and devoted service." He died, after a short illness, in May of 1947, was cremated and his ashes buried in the Cheltenham "Garden of Remembrance". He was survived by his wife and three children.

1901 Census: - Frank T. Smythe (39) was married and living in Northampton, nearing the end of his first major pastorate as a Baptist Minister. He and his wife, Ada Josephine Drew (37), lived at 166 Abington Avenue in the Parish of St. Giles, Northampton. Ada J. Smythe is noted as being DEAF in the "infirmity" section. Listed as being at home at census point were their daughters, Marjorie J. S. Smythe (8) and Phyllis M. S. Smythe (5). (S=D for Drew, in reality - see transcript of Ada Smythe's Ada Josephine Drew's Will. will.). A Domestic Servant, Lucy David - (21) - born at Silverstone, Northants - was also at the address at census point.

c.1895 Henry James Drew Smythe & Marjorie Jose Drew Smythe. "Marjie" is known to have come to Cheltenham in the 1970s (some years after the death of Enid Drew-Smythe) to live, for a time, with her brother in Withyholt Park, Charlton Kings.

Ada Josephine Drew/Frank Tompson Smythe
- wedding memento cards.
Marriage: September 1890.
The letter "h" in Thompson on the cards
is at variance with public records.

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The group first appeared before the First World War when an active group was under the leadership of Scoutmaster Mr. Snell (of Lloyds Bank) and his assistant W. G. (Bill) Guy (later secretary to E.A. Chamberlain Ltd). This was disbanded in 1916, when most of the older boys put up their ages and joined up to "Serve King and Country". ShortwoodIt next appeared in 1919, under the leadership of Mrs Wood (wife of the vicar) and her assistant Phyllis Smythe (daughter of the Baptist Minister); when Miss Smythe married Mr A. C. Tuft she had a Scout Guard of Honour. Two ladies running a scout group and two churches co-operating was quite progressive in 1919/22 ... The Group disbanded again in 1922 when Mrs. Wood moved away.

From the book - "A Portrait of Nailsworth" by Betty Mills - pp 46/7 Information from Jenny Johnson (NSW, Australia) - with gratitude.

Nailsworth Urban District Council

"The UDC had its first office in the former Red Lion Inn at the foot of the Butcher Hill's Lane (now Avening Cottage) and it met on the first Tuesday of the month in the Petty Sessions Court House in Church Street. In 1934 it moved to Glenholm opposite the entrance to Chamberlain's in George Street. There it remained until 1961 when it took over new offices in the Town Hall, originally the Baptist "Tabernacle" which had been bought by the Council from the Methodists in 1947.

There were nine members on the new council. It is worth recording their names - W G Clissold (Chairman), F. Evans, A. H. Playne (vice-Chairman), E. Benjamin, J. J. Bryant, C. R. Cridland, T. H. Abbott, J. Brown and L. Price. The Clerk was A. E. Smith; Treasurer, T. W. Calvert; M. O. H. , Thomas Partridge; Surveyor and Rate Collector, C. W . Jones and Sanitary Inspector, J. Hall. The County Police Station (1892) was manned by Sergeant William Curry with one Constable. W. G. Clissold remained as Chairman for over twenty years until his death in 1914. This must undoubtedly have helped the Council to settle down and develop its policies. Up till 1949, with the exception of (the) Rev. F. T. Smythe, the minister of Shortwood, who served from 1919-1922, all the Chairmen were born and bred in Nailsworth".