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The Smyth family in general appears to have had two substantial strings to its bow - the church and commerce; serving both God and mammon. The following shows a particular example relating to Customer Smyth - originally of Corsham, Wiltshire. It should be noted, too, that the Smyth family of Ashton Court in Bristol held extensive mining rights over vast tracts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and elswhere. They also had substantial brewing interests. As may be seen on the following pages, there is a close connection between the two branches. The Bristol Smyth family, for example, achieved notable alliances with such families as Gorges, Phelips, Rodney, Rogers, Horner and Tynte.

Source "The Smelting of Copper in the district of Swansea - from the time of Queen Elizabeth I to the Present Day" By Colonel Grant-Francis F.S.A. Published by Henry Southern & Co., 1881.

"Readers who have had the patience to follow up the information which I have gathered and utilized for their knowledge, have, perhaps, scarcely brought their minds to bear on the gigantic results which have flowed from the localisation of the copper trade by Customer Smyth and Ulricke Frosse, at Neath, (A.D. 1586) Elizabeth's reign, when one "John Bwaple, of Wales, had delyvered into his Bark at St. Ives, a frayght of Copp'r Owre of 15 tonnes and 8 hundreds waight in seven daies." In the place of these scanty supplies from Cornwall, we have now a magnificent fleet of first-class ships constantly trading to the port of Swansea from all parts of the world, whose tonnage amounts to an aggregate for the year of upwards of 200,000 tons of Copper, Silver, Gold Lead, Zinc, Nickel, Cobalt and Bismuth Ores. When, again, we reflect on the number of persons engaged, not simply in navigating the ships for this tonnage, but the thousands of hands employed at the various Copper and other adjacent Works, and the numerous Collieries from which their daily supply of fuel is extracted (to say nothing of the trades which indirectly supply their numerous wants) we must, indeed, be struck with the mighty success which has followed the original planting of "Copper Smelting in the Swansea District".

Site Notes:

Smyth family trees are heavily populated by "unknown" Smith/e, Smyth or Smythe - or, in some cases, given the title "Inconnu(e)". For example, we can find an Inconnu/e Smythe of Bedford in England, born in 1411. On this same family site is also mentioned an Alice Smythe - born in the late 1400s - who married into the Cavendish family. Her brother-in-law, George Cavendish, served Wolsey, who became Bishop of Lincoln after the death of Bishop William Smyth in 1514.

This family tree is also significant because it links to the renowned "Bess of Hardwick".

"Elizabeth married Sir William de Cavendish, son of Thomas Cavendish and Alice Smythe, on August 20, 1548 in Bradgate Manor, Leicester, England. (Sir William de Cavendish was born in 1505 in Suffolk, England and died on October 25, 1557 in Chatsworth, Derby, England.) Elizabeth also married Robert Barlow."

Inconnu de Smythe - The original source link (November 2003) seems to have been cyber-jacked by some tasteless individual.
Born: 1411, Bedford, England
Inconnu married Sir Robert Spencer, son of Edmund de Beaufort Plantagenet and Eleanor de Beauchamp. (Sir Robert Spencer was born about 1435 in Spencercombe, Devon, England and died in 1502-1510 in Spencercombe, Devon, England.).

The above family lineage has connections with the Scudamore family who held extensive lands in Herefordshire - related to the Parry family and the family Glendower. The Scudamores would have been closely associated with the Lygon family - a daughter of John Lygon of Richard Castle, Herefordshire, married John Smyth who was originally from Corsham, in Wiltshire and who was the brother of the Elizabethan, (qv) "Customer" Smyth.

There was a celebration dinner held on Monday 13th April 1959 at the Farmers' Club in Hereford - the winning jockey of the Grand National (Britain's premier steeplechase held at Aintree) that year was Michael Scudamore.

[It will be found that the Beaufort and Beauchamp families often feature somewhere in Smyth lineage and the Neville family features extensively - and rather mysteriously, too, in places.
The Neville lineage also relates to the maternal line of this site, culminating in Jean Anstruther who married Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe in 1949. Additionally, the Neville line - through Ireland and onwards to Australia - features in the 20th century cousin lineage of the Drew family of Drew-Smythe.]

NB The family Cavendish also connects to the maternal ancestry of this site through the Dysart/Manners line. Henrietta Cavendish, the illegitimate daughter of William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, married (1706) Lionel, Lord Huntingtower.Smythe family linkages ...

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