Rev. John Jennings Smith SMITH, ,First Incumbent of Paterson.

Male 1784 - 1846  (62 years)


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  • Name John Jennings Smith SMITH 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Suffix ,First Incumbent of Paterson. 
    Born 14 Jun 1784  Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Sep 1846  Maitland, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1821-1937

      The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Monday 14 September 1846 p 3 Family Notices

      The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893) Saturday 5 September 1846 p 2 Article "Serious Accident.-On Wednesday afternoon last, as the Rev. Mr. Smith was driving towards Hexham, in his gig, accompanied be a gentleman named Grant, the wheel of the vehicle came in contact with a stump, and the sudden jerk caused by the collision threw the reverend gentleman with considerable force out of the gig. Unfortunately he fell upon his head, and was picked up senseless. Mr. Grant, in his endeavour to save his companion, was also thrown out, but received no serious injury. The Rev. Mr. .Smith now lies in a very dangerous state, from concussion of the brain, though hopes are enter- tained of his recovery.
    Buried Paterson, New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I26584  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 

    Family Anne TIMBERLAKE,   b. 29 Oct 1794, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1884, "Tarpeian", Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1818  Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:England, Marriages, 1538
    Children 
     1. Ellen Augusta SMITH,   b. 1822, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1886, "Stradbroke", Paterson River, New South Wales. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F8960  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ref:Paterson River History

      Family tradition says that Jennings Smith was often visited at St Mary's Chiswick by the Duchess of Kent and her daughter, Princess Victoria. It is suggested that Victoria, as Queen, helped him gain an appointment in New South Wales, but no evidence of this has been uncovered and in any case it was not necessary. By the late 1830s the increasing number of free settlers in New South Wales created new opportunities for clerical appointments and by 1837 the NSW colonial government was promoting the emigration of clergy of all major denominations. It was within this context that Jennings Smith approached the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for a colonial posting. His application was recommended by the Society and approved by the Bishop of London. Consequentially Lord Glenelg, Secretary of State for the Colonies, approved Smith's appointment and 'authorised the Colonial Agent to issue to him the usual allowance for outfit and passage.

      Shortly after arriving Rev Smith erected a small stone building on Church land at the corner of King and Duke Streets, to initially serve as a church and school. About 1892 this large corner block was sold to the Commercial Banking Company (CBC) of Sydney, and the proceeds used to build the Parish Hall which today stands next to St. Paul's.

      Smith was an active man and soon set about building St.Paul's Church at Paterson which was consecrated in 1845.

      Unfortunately John Jennings Smith did not enjoy the use of St. Paul's for long. While driving to Hexham in 1846 he was thrown from his gig and taken unconscious to Mrs Muir's Family Hotel at East Maitland where he died of his injuries a few days later at the age of 62. He is buried in St. Paul's cemetery.


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