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Sarah Ann Smith
m. 31 May 1845
  1. Sarah Ann Smith1847 - 1919
  2. Ellen Smith1851 -
  3. James Smith1853 - 1910
  4. Esther Smith1856 - 1869
  5. William Smith1858 -
  6. David Smith1866 -
m. 15 Apr 1867
  1. William George Kempson1867 - 1868
  2. Mary Ann Kempson1869 - 1870
  3. Frederick Kempson1871 - 1954
  4. Elizabeth Kempson1873 - 1961
  5. Clara Kempson1876 - 1960
  6. Ernest Kempson1877 - 1939
  7. Agnes Kempson1880 - 1976
  8. Bertie Kempson1882 - 1925
  9. Minnie Kempson1885 - 1896
  10. Maud Kempson1889 - 1978
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Name Sarah Ann Smith
Gender Female
Birth[1] 30 Sep 1847 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandNew Town
Census[2] 30 Mar 1851 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandNew Town (Bailey Field)
Christening[3] 7 Feb 1858 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandSt Mary
Census[4] 7 Apr 1861 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandPark Lane
Marriage 15 Apr 1867 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandSt Mary
to James Kempson
Census[5] 2 Apr 1871 Luton, Bedfordshire, England5 Park Lane
Census[6] 3 Apr 1881 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandPark Place
Census[7] 5 Apr 1891 Luton, Bedfordshire, England48 Chobham Street
Census[8] 31 Mar 1901 Luton, Bedfordshire, England36 Essex Street
Census[9] 2 Apr 1911 Luton, Bedfordshire, England39 Cambridge Street
Death[10] 20 Jan 1919 Luton, Bedfordshire, England9 Langley Place

Sarah Ann Smith was born on 30th September 1847 at New Town in Luton. She was the daughter of a straw plaiter and charwoman named Mary Ann Smith, formerly Cain, and her husband, William Smith, a labourer.

Sarah Ann grew up in Luton, appearing in the 1851 and 1861 censuses with her parents and being described as a bonnet sewer in 1861. Sarah married when she was 19 years old to a bricklayer and plait bleacher named James Kempson. James and Sarah stayed in Luton and had twelve children together, although five died young.

James was often in trouble with the law, being convicted of poaching on a number of occasions. The 1891 census finds Sarah and the children living in Luton, but James in St Albans Gaol.

Sarah generally lived her whole life in the New Town area to the south of Luton town centre.

James died in 1915, aged 68. Sarah outlived him by four years, dying on 20th January 1919, aged 71.

References
  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    REGISTRATION DISTRICT LUTON
    1847. BIRTH in the Sub-district of Luton in the Counties of Beds & Herts
    No.When and where bornNameSexFatherMotherOccupation of fatherInformantRegisteredRegistrar
    150Thirtieth September 1847
    8 P.M. New Town Luton
    SarahGirlWilliam SmithMary Ann Smith formerly CainLabourerX The mark of Mary Ann Smith
    Mother
    New Town Luton
    Sixth January 1848W. Meed Registrar
    S.E. Austin, Superintendent Registrar

    Sarah's marriage certificate says she was 20 in 1867 and that her father was William Smith, labourer. The censuses after her marriage say that Sarah was born in Luton. This birth certificate appears to be the only Sarah daughter of William Smith in Luton in about 1847. There is another Sarah Smith in the 1851 census (HO107/1757/406/2) living at Stopsley in Luton with a father William, but she was only 1, implying born 1849 or 1850 - and that family cannot be found after 1851. Also, the Sarah born on 30th September 1847 appears with her parents in Park Lane in the 1861 census - the same street that Sarah lived in with her husband James in 1871.

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 1757; Folio 748; Page 17, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.

    Address: New Town (Bailey Field), Luton, Bedfordshire
    William Smith, head, married, male, 27 [1823/4], Farm Labourer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Mary Ann Smith, wife, married, female, 25 [1825/6], Straw Plaiter, b. Whitewell, Hertfordshire
    Mary Ann Smith, daughter, female, 7 [1843/4], At Home, b. Whitewell, Hertfordshire
    Sarah Smith, daughter, female, 3 [1847/8], At Home, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ellen Smith, daughter, female, 1mo [1851], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  3. FamilySearch. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.), Primary quality.

    ch. 7 Feb 1858, St Mary, Luton, Bedfordshire: Sarah Ann daughter of William & Mary Smith (baptised on same day as several siblings)

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, Class RG9; Piece 1014; Folio 50; Page 19, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.

    Address: Park Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire
    William Smith, head, married, male, 40 [1820/1], Farmer's Labou[re]r, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Mary A. Smith, wife, married, female, 35 [1825/6], Char-woman, b. Whitwell, Hertfordshire
    Sarah Smith, daughter, unmarried, female, 14 [1846/7], Bonnet Sewer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ellen Smith, daughter, unmarried, female, 11 [1849/50], Bonnet Sewer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    James Smith, son, unmarried, male, 7 [1853/4], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Esther Smith, daughter, unmarried, female, 5 [1855/6], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    William Smith, son, unmarried, male, 2 [1858/9], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 1572; Folio 29; Page 8, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.

    Address: 5 Park Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire
    James Kempson, head, married, male, 24 [1846/7], Bricklayers Laborer, b. Chalk Hill, Bedfordshire
    Sarah Kempson, wife, married, female, 24 [1846/7], Straw Bonnet Sewer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Joseph Kempson, lodger, married, male, 55 [1815/6], Straw Drawer, b. Totternhoe, Bedfordshire
    Eliza Kempson, daughter, unmarried, female, 18 [1852/3], Straw Bonnet Sewer, b. Totternhoe, Bedfordshire

  6. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Class RG11; Piece 1651; Folio 4; Page 2, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.

    Address: Park Place, Luton, Bedfordshire
    James Kempson, head, married, male, 32 [1848/9], Bleacher Plait, b. Chalk Hill, Bedfordshire
    Sarah Kempson, wife, married, female, 33 [1847/8], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Frederick Kempson, son, unmarried, male, 10 [1870/1], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Elizabeth Kempson, daughter, female, 8 [1872/3], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Clara Kempson, daughter, female, 6 [1874/5], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ernest Kempson, son, male, 4 [1876/7], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Agnes Kempson, daughter, female, 1 [1879/80], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  7. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1273; Folio 69; Page 13, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.

    Address: 48 Chobham Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 or more rooms occupied
    Sarah Kempson, head, married, female, 42 [1848/9], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Fred Kempson, son, single, male, 19 [1871/2], Straw Hat Packer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Elizabeth Kempson, sister, single, female, 17 [1873/4], Straw Hat Sewer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Clara Kempson, daughter, female, 15 [1875/6], Straw Hat Finisher, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Earnest Kempson, son, male, 14 [1876/7], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Agnes Kempson, daughter, female, 11 [1879/80], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Bertie Kempson, son, male, 9 [1881/2], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Minnie Kempson, daughter, female, 7 [1883/4], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Maud Kempson, daughter, female, 2 [1888/9], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  8. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 1516; Folio 128; Page 21, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.

    Address: 36 Essex St, Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 or more rooms occupied
    James Kempson, head, married, male, 59 [1841/2], General Labourer, worker, b. Totternhoe, Bedfordshire
    Sarah Kempson, wife, married, female, 58 [1842/3], Straw Hat Sewer, worker - at home, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ernest Kempson, son, single, male, 23 [1877/8], Gen Labourer, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Bertie Kempson, son, single, male, 19 [1881/2], Straw Hat Blocker, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Maud Kempson, daughter, single, female, 12 [1888/9], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  9. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, RG14PN8995 RG78PN479 RD178 SD2 ED2 SN387, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.

    Address: 39 Cambridge Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    4 rooms occupied
    James Kempson, head, male, 64 [1846/7], married, 12 children born alive, 7 still living, Labourer, worker, b. Chalk Hill [Tatnell crossed out]
    Sarah Kempson, wife, female, 63 [1847/8], married, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    [Form was clearly originally signed by "John Marshall, 44 Cambridge Street, Luton Beds" but this has been crossed out and replaced with "James Kempson, 39 Cambridge, Luton, Beds" - John Marshall was James and Sarah's son-in-law, being married to their daughter Elizabeth.]

  10. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    REGISTRATION DISTRICT Luton
    1919. DEATH in the Sub-district of Luton in the County of Bedford
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    383Twentieth January 1919
    9 Langley Place
    Luton U.D.
    Ann KempsonFemale72 yearsWidow of James Kempson
    Corporation Labourer
    (1) Cancer of Breast
    Certified by Jas. Robertson M.B.
    Agnes Linsley
    Daughter
    Present at the death
    39 Cambridge Street
    Luton
    Twentieth January 1919Edward Barnard Registrar

    Although this death certificate is in the name "Ann Kempson", extensive searching has failed to find a death for Sarah (or Sarah Ann) Kempson. However, the daughter named Agnes, the fact that Ann was Sarah's middle name, the fact that she was the widow of James Kempson and the address just around the corner from where Sarah had been living in the 1911 census (and there being no corresponding Ann Kempson of this description in the 1911 census) all suggest that this is actually Sarah.