James Oliver Meade Smythe
"SMYTHE of BARBAVILLA" (Westmeath, Ireland)
descended from Thomas Smyth (b.1520) who married Jane Layton.

Henry Meade Smythe - son of - John Smythe (1791-1850) - Rector of Dromiskin, Co. Louth. Prebendary of Louth in St. Peter's Pro-Cathedral, Drogheda (1840) who married Harriet Elford Wyatt (d. 1842), daughter of Rev. John Wyatt of Suffolk.

This is the line of James Oliver Meade Smythe - of London, who, writing at the end of August, 2003, has been kind enough to make available a comprehensive GED file in order to share his immediate Smythe family research from the era of Rosedale (Rossdale) Abbey through to the present century.

The line retraces as: James Oliver Meade Smythe > William George Meade Smythe (father) > Ernest Meade Smythe (grandfather) > Theodore William Smythe (great grandfather) > Henry Meade Smythe (great great grandfather with great great grandmother Jessie Miéville) > John Smythe (great great great grandfather) - who married Harriet Wyatt.

John Smythe was a brother of an earlier generation Henry Meade Smythe (1787-1862) - known as "Tiger Smythe" - of the same line as Patricia Smythe and her brother, Canon Ronald Smythe. The former is better known as the 20th century Olympic equestrian and showjumper, Pat Smythe from which Barbavilla line, Capt. Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe and his brother, John Roderick Drew-Smythe, both stated they were descended as "cousins". However, Canon Ronald Smythe - (to date July 2004) - is unable to confirm this and has neither anecdotal nor written knowledge of any such family relatedness.

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James Smythe (2003) writes: "I have recently taken over researching the family tree from my great-aunt and in the course of looking around, found your great website. The records I have were mostly written longhand, but I've transferred them to some family tree software. I have around 250 individuals going back to William Smythe from Rossdale Abbey, thanks to an 1850s pamphlet detailing the full family history in Ireland from around 1630 to that date.

Thanks to the census of 1881, I've then picked up my great-great-grandfather who moved over from Ireland to be vicar of Caxton in Cambridgeshire. My father wears a signet ring with the unicorn and the "Exaltabit Honore" motto. I know some of the family from England went over to South Africa and that, apparently, there's a large group out there now.

The original pamphlet I have on the family in Ireland 1650-1850 has details of four lines of the family tree coming from Ralph Smyth (d1684), who was son of William Smyth of Rossdale Abbey. Ralph had four sons, Rev. William Smythe (adds the e), Bishop of Kilmore & Ardagh, who should be my direct ancestor, and his brothers Thomas (started the Drumcree line), Robert (started the Portlick Castle line) and Ralph (started the Milford, Tipperary line). These other three didn't adopt the final e according to the pamphlet ..."Smythe DNA Project - An experiment in lineage comparison - searching for the anecdotal link to Smyth/e of Ireland

Site NoteThe Smyth/e Index

As of November 2003, it seems that the lineage of James Oliver Meade Smythe comes as close as possible to being a potential match for the reputed "cousin" status claimed by Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe and his brother, John, in connection with the line of Pat Smythe, descended from the Smyth/es of Barbavilla in Ireland - and thus descended from Smith/Smyth/e of Yorkshire and Durham. For this reason, and as a first for this site, James Smythe has kindly consented to take part in a DNA comparison analysis with Mark Drew-Smythe as the representative of the Smythe line of this Family Vault - through the services of Oxford Ancestors. Use the DNA icon for research pages - or the unicorn image above to access "The Smythe Index."

The paternal Smythe line of this "Family Vault" is proven back to the following point: * Mark David Drew-Smythe b. 1974 > * Ian David Drew-Smythe b. 1950 > * Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe b. 1920 (pictured) > * Henry James Drew Smythe b. 1891 > * Frank Tompson Smythe b. 1862 > * James Francis Smith (Smythe) b. 1830 > ~ Francis Smith (Smyth/e) b.1807 > ~ Thomas Smith (Smyth/e) - date of birth estimated 1780. (* = eldest or only son / ~ = unknown sibling birth order.)

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These are the family names attaching to James Smythe's research lines.

A
Ahon
Alexander
Arnaud
B
Barlow
Bennett
Bicharel
Boudier
Breckon
C
Capel
Card
Cavendish
Clarke
Conran
Cooke
Copeland
Cramer
Croften Bt.
Cromwell
Cuvelier
D
E
Emms
F
Fitzgerald
G
Genieys
Grayson
H
Hardie
Harrison
Hawksworth
Hawley
Holmstoel
Howard
Hoy
Hunt
I
Ingoldsby
J
K
Kelly
L
Lanier
Laurens
Loubet
Lyster
M
Miéville
Moore
Mortlock
N
Noble
O
O'Brien Butler
Ogle
P
Pearch
Povey
Pritchard
Purser
Q
R
Renah
S
Schoales
Scott
Smyth
Smythe
Smyth Of Drumcree
Smyth Of Milford, Tipperary
Smyth Of Portlick Castle
Staples
T
Tolcher
U
V
Valdebouze
Vartan
Vesey
Villemin
W
Waller
Weston
Whalley
Williams
Winyard
Wyatt
X
Y
Z

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