Stapleford, Nottinghamshire is a town with an interesting and historical background. It is located in the southern division of the Wappentake of Broxtow. Wappentake is a division which corresponds to a ward in other countries. It is 5 3/4 miles south of southwest of its city of Nottingham. It is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 A.D. At that time there was a priest and a church. In 1229 Alice, Lady of Stapleford, bestowed the church upon Newstead Priory. It became a Perpetual Curate in the Archdeaconry of the Crown (Church of England). The Patron Saint is St. Helen. The annual feasts or wakes and the emblem of St. Luke on the main part of the old cross in the church yard indicated that the Patron Saint was once St. Luke. This old Saxon Cross or obelisk is believed to date back to 680-780 A.D. Its base has been reconstructed and it has been moved to a place where it can be preserved. It is a highly prized possession of the parish. There is also a druidical monument called the ‘Hemlock Stone’. This too is a remnant of antiquity. On the northern wall of the church a fine block oak carving of the Last Supper. It is believed to be of Venetian origin. Stapleford has two schools; a national school supported by subscription and St. Helens, the church school. St. John is endowed by Lady Caroline Marrow. Stapleford residents were able to read and write before most other parishes had schools. Stapleford is an industrious town. It has lace making, cloth weaving, and iron mining and manufacturing. Stapleford was the home of the Smedleys from whom Thomas Joynes Smedley descended. R. Pennistow Taylor, who holds some position in the Church of England, says they were of the substantive class. There are also Smedleys in the surrounding parishes: Sandiacre, Derbys on the west, Trowell, Notts. on the north; Bramcote on the east; Attenborough on the south; and Rodford close by. The Smedley Genealogy book quotes Mr. Fillimore as saying that an Edward Smedley (born 5 Nov 1815) said that his family originally came from close to the city of Nottingham and that his relatives lived in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire and in Sandiacre, Derbyshire. He also said that they were of the yeoman class (landowners). Wherever the Smedleys were, they seemed to occupy the positions of parish clerks of church warden. In the first page of the Stapleford bishop’s transcripts beginning in 1603, the first page was signed by William Smedley, church warden. Robert Smedley, church warden signed 1660, 1663, 1666, 1669—1679. Samuel Smedley signed 1684—1692—1698. A John Smedley was parish clerk in the Stapleford church in 1731. There was also one John who was warden of the poor, 1745, Stapleford. John Smedley and John Streets Jr. were church wardens in 1843. Their names were engraved on one of the church bells, which they must have presented to the church, as to that time the church had only two bells. In 1843 there were three more bells added. There was a large Smedley family whose members had shops along High Street in Stapleford. Some of their descendants still have shops there. Chatfield’s is one of them. There is a lingerie shop in front, run by the husband Mr. Chatfield, and a beauty shop conducted by a Mr. Chatfield, who was one of the original Smedley owners. There is also another beauty shop run by another of the Smedley descendants. John Smedley, who died 18 Mar 1847, had a freehold house and a garden situated on High Street. He was a lace maker. He was the son of Joseph Smedley and Catherine Atkin. He was christened 16 May 1790. The sundial on the church at Youlgrave, Derbyshire has a metal plate engraved, Mr. Joseph Smedley church warden 1757. Thomas Joynes Smedley was born 16 August 1837 at Wadsley Lane, (near Sheffield) Yorkshire, England. His father was Thomas Smedley christened 8 May 1803 at Stapleford, Notts., England. His mother was Elizabeth Joynes (sometimes spelled Joines), christened 15 June 1808 at St. Mary’s, Nottingham, Notts., England. His father, a brick maker, was making and burning a kiln of brick at Wadsley, so he was born away from the Smedley family home at Stapleford. Making and burning of brick requires expert care. After the brick are dried on every side, they are built into a kiln ready for baking, which makes them weatherproof with a lasting hardness. Burning requires expert knowledge in reaching and maintaining the exact temperature for the correct length of time. Then the cooling period follows which also needs expert timing and care. The Smedley Family members were listed in the 31 March 1851 census returns at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England as follows: 7 Rosemary Lane Thomas Smedley Head. md 47 brick maker b. Stapleford, Notts Elizabeth Smedley wife dressmaker 42 b. Nottingham, Notts. Thomas Smedley son 13 tile maker b. Wadsley, Yorks. Their baptisms into L.D.S. church were listed in the Mansfield Branch of the Nottingham conference. Thomas Smedley Sr. bapt. 31 Mar 1851 at Mansfield by J. T. Hardy Thomas Smedley Jr. born Aug 16, 1837 Wadsley, Yorks bapt. 8 May 1851 at Mansfield by J.T. Hardy. Elizabeth Smedley born Nottingham bapt. 1852 at Mansfield. These baptisms were listed in the Minni Margetts File #54261 pt. 12. This film is in the Genealogical Library at Montpelier, Idaho. The last mention I found of Thomas Smedley Sr. was May 1852 in the Mansfield Branch Record. So he must have died shortly after that date. Memberships were later listed at the Sheffield Conference Book 655 page 17. Received from Preston Branch, Nottingham Conference 2 Jul 1853 to Sheffield Conference. #625 Elizabeth Smedley born Nottingham baptized 1852 at Mansfield Branch, Nottingham Conference. #626 Thomas Joynes Smedley born 16 Aug 1837 at Wadsley Yorks baptized 8 May 1851 Mansfield Branch Nottingham Conference. Elizabeth Joynes Smedley died at St. Peter’s Street, Derby, Derbyshire 21 July 1854. Death Certificate from Somerset House says wife of Thomas Smedley, brick maker. After his mother died, Thomas Joynes Smedley lived with his mother’s brother and sister in Derby in Derbyshire. They are listed in the 1851 census returns at #3 St. Peter’s Street in St. Peter’s Parish in Derby. Thomas Francis Joynes, Head, unmd. 33 Tailor and woolen draper born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Ann Joynes, sister, unmd. 35, born Nottingham, Notts. Henry Lougdon 16, apprentice, born Spondee, Derbys. Elizabeth Coxan 15, servant, born Spondee, Derbys. Thomas Francis Joynes had not married. Neither had his sister Anne. She assisted him in the tailor shop and kept the household running. As tailors, they catered to the people known as the “gentlemen” class. At that time burial caskets were lined with a fine woolen material. So a woolen draper was one who put the fine woolen linings in caskets. His uncle Thomas Francis Joynes was christened 10 Feb 1817 at St. Mary’s Parish in Nottingham. His Aunt Anne Joynes was christened 28 May 1815 at St. Mary’s in Nottingham. Their parents were Thomas Joynes and Ann Holbrook born Spondee, Derbyshire. Their residence in the christening record was given as Knotted Alley. He was listed as a framework knitter. While Thomas Joynes Smedley lived with his Aunt and Uncle at Derby he attended what was known as a finishing school where gentlemen’s sons learned how to live up to their positions as gentlemen as well as the standard subjects. Sometimes he went out on the town with his school friends; most of them smoked pipes and a few chewed tobacco. He told about going skating on an ice pond. When he went onto a thin place, the ice broke and he went down into the water up to his armpits. Every time he tried to get his elbows on top of the ice it broke and he sank again. Finally he saw the end of a pole and worked himself toward it until he could catch hold of it and eased himself along it until he reached the end of the pond and the ground. He was married to Ann Eaton and came to America sometime in 1857. I have not found their shipping record, but in the New Rodford Branch Record it gives the record of Ann Eaton born 5 October 1834, Oxtow, baptized 11 Jun 1849, Mansfield. She emigrated March 26, 1857. So he must have emigrated at the same time. First, he lived in Alloways, Salem, New Jersey, where his son, Thomas Edgar, was born 18 Jun 1858, and his daughter, Sarah Jane, was born 3 Jan 1860. Then he moved to Delaware where the rest of the family were born. Franklin Eaton was born 23 October 1831 at Odessa, New Castle. Heber Charles was born 21 May 1863 and Lucy born 21 May 1865 at Bloxtow, Kent. May Emmaline was born 23 May 1867, Laura was born 6 Mar 1869 and Ida May was born 28 Nov 1871 at Leipsic, Kent, Delaware. While living in New Jersey and Delaware he made brick and drain tile. He sold a lot of drain tiles. There was swampy land and the farmers used the tiles to drain their land to make more productive acres. He enjoyed living in Delaware among the Quakers. He spoke of their honesty and trustworthiness. He said they usually paid when they got the goods and if they didn’t pay then they gave a promised date. If they couldn’t pay on that date they would be there to say why they couldn’t pay and when they would make the payment. They always paid. He told about going one time to a spiritualist meeting. When the medium called forth the spirits none came. The medium said, “If the man with the dark whiskers will leave I can proceed.” The man with the whiskers didn’t move, so the medium dismissed the meeting and went directly to Thomas and asked him if he would work with him. The medium said if he would work as strong for the spirits as he did against them he would be a good medium. Thomas told him that it was of the devil and he would have nothing to do with it. The medium said there was a strong spirit behind it, but he didn’t know what it was. Thomas Joynes Smedley took out his citizenship in the United States at Dover, Kent County, Delaware on the 28 October 1872. James Woodall testified as to his character. Shortly after Thomas received his citizenship he gathered his family and moved westward where he could have active membership in the church and his wife could be near her mother Zillah Eaton and her sister Sarah Humphreys. They came to Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho about 1837 where he took up the brick making trade again. He also burned lime in the canyon. He said that sometimes at night bears came sniffing around the bottom of the tent in which they were sleeping. I remember once that John Humphreys came to tell him that they were changing a wall in the court house. He said the mortar made with the lime he had made had to be chipped out with a hammer and chisel, while the other just crumbled out. He had lime advertised as early as 1878 and 1879 in the Southern Idaho Independent published in Paris. Robert Spence was the Editor. The first mention I found of Thomas Joynes Smedley in the church records was a rebaptism 28 August 1876 by William Budge and confirmed the same day by Charles C. Rich. Shortly after that he and Ann Eaton received their endowments and were sealed 10 October 1876. The entire family were sealed to parents 14 February 1914 in the Logan Temple. The family was listed in the 1880 Census return taken 8 Jun. Thomas J. Smedley H M 42 Brick maker born England Ann Smedley W F 45 keeping house born England Thomas E Smedley son 22 at home born New Jersey Sarah J. Smedley dau 20 at home born New Jersey Franklin E. Smedley son 18 at home born Delaware Heber C. Smedley son 17 at school born Delaware Lucy Smedley dau 15 at school born Delaware Laura Smedley dau 11 at school born Delaware Ida May Smedley dau 8 at school born Delaware Their daughter May Emmaline born 23 May 1867 Leipsic, Kent, Delaware died 30 Mar 1880 at Paris. In Paris Thomas Joynes Smedley was active in public affairs. He served on the election board, a school trustee, President of the Pioneer Irrigation Co. an as Justice of the Peace for many terms. At one time there was need for a school teacher, so he took his turn at teaching. He said Ezra Budge was the smallest one in the room and he always had his lessons prepared and done right. In one election he had a write in vote for County Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was mentioned at times in the newspaper as to the quality of his brick and his political activities. Robert Schmidt worked for him at the brickyard when he first came from his native country. He said that Brother Smedley was kind to his hired help, clean in his speech and no foul word ever passed his lips. He also said a visitor was made to always feel welcome in his home. Frederick J.Price said he was one of the stalwarts of the church, he was public minded and that building up of Paris was one of his chief concerns. By 1888 anti-Mormons had succeeded in passing a law in the Idaho Legislature that no Mormons could vote or hold office in the state of Idaho. Some one had the idea that persons wishing to vote could draw out their recommends and then have them recorded again after they had voted. Anyway it has been brought to my attention that Thomas J. Smedley was one that drew his membership (page 12 on record) to vote and run for Justice of the Peace in the Paris, precinct. He received 197 votes and his opponent A.W. Sparks received 167 votes. Did all those 364 people get back on the church record? Anyway there is no record on the church rolls that Thomas J. was ever re-baptized, that has to be taken care of now. His name heads the list with Franklin E. and Heber C. following. At any rate he was always active in the church. He was ordained a high priest 2 ? 1898 by William Budge and went ward teaching until he was 73. Heber C. was baptized in May 1894 prior to his marriage to Louisa Athay June 18, 1894. In his patriarchal blessing Thomas Joynes Smedley was promised that none of his offspring should ever be in want so long as they kept the commandments of the Lord. Thomas J.’s wife, Ann Eaton, died 16 Aug 1899 and was buried in the Paris cemetery. Soon after his wife’s death, he went back to England with George Humphreys who was going on a mission. He visited relatives and hunted up what genealogy he could find on his parents’ families. At Stapleford he went to the rectory. The reverend Mr. Pope told him that there were a great many Smedley names on the records. He instructed him to send for the names after he returned home and he, the reverend, would send them to him. When he returned home and sent for the names, the reverend wrote back that he was sorry, the records were so old, that the names were undecipherable. I have received over three hundred names from these same records. I have also studied them on microfilm. While he was in England he went to Arnold in Nottinghamshire, where George Humphreys was laboring. There he met Ida Buck, daughter of James Buck and Nancy Stafford. Although he was much older than she, he was able to persuade her to come to America with him. Her mother was impressed with him and was in favor of the venture when he told her how many acres of land he owned; she thought he was rich as an English squire. On Tuesday 19th of May, he bought tickets for second class passage on the anchor line steamer, “City of Rome”. They left Nottingham at 11 p.m. and reached Glasgow at 7:30 May 2, 1896. They stayed at the Argyle hotel with some of the brethren who went to Cross Quay and Glasgow. They took the express boat “Nobs” to Glennock and pulled up beside the “City of Rome” at 3:30. The steamship was 660 feet long. There were eighteen returning missionaries and thirty—five saints listed among the second class passengers. They stopped at Moville, Ireland and took on more passengers. Thomas was seasick for a few days. Then he was able to eat his meals and enjoy the deck. Ida B. was sick most of the time and had to stay in her bed. After passing safely near icebergs, they felt a welcome from the Statue of Liberty as the “City of Rome” sailed into New York Harbor on Decoration Day May 30, 1896. They spent Sunday in New York. On Monday, they commenced the journey home. They took a boat for Norfolk, Virginia. There they took the train for home. They enjoyed the scenery through the southern states and stopped at larger cities as Bluefield, Roanoke, and Louisville. At Louisville they had dinner: corned beef, chicken, potatoes, string beans, custard, bread and butter, apple pie and jelly cake for 30 cents. They also passed through Kansas City, St. Louis and Denver. At Denver the train was made up for Salt Lake City. They reached Montpelier June 6 at midnight. Frank Smedley was there to meet them and brought them to Paris. Ida stayed with the Franklin Smedley family for a few days, resting from her journey and getting acquainted with Lenora and Edward. They were married in the Logan Temple 25 Jun 1896. Children born to them were: Calvin, 4 Jun 1897; Lillian, 16 Oct 1898; Irva, 17 Jan 1901; Ella, 12 Mar 1903; Gertrude Melva, 23 Nov 1905; and Arnold, 18 May 1909. Just a nice house full. As we were growing up, our father always encouraged us and instructed us as we were going away from home. As we went to school he told us to listen to the teacher and do what she said, so that we could learn the things we needed to know. It was the same as we went to Sunday school. He urged us to listen to the speakers in sacrament meeting so that we could learn from them the things concerning our spiritual growth. At Sunday meetings we almost filled a whole bench. Bishop Robert Price often complimented him on bringing his fine family to church and filling up the bench. On receiving the conference sermons in the Deseret semi-weekly news, he had all of us sit quietly while he read the contents of all the sermons. He read from Morton’s Book of Mormon Stories, especially to the smaller ones; Ella, Gertrude, and Arnold. He was an exceptionally good reader with a pleasant voice. Our mother had a poetry book which she often read from. One poem she liked to read was “Looking on the Bright Side.” While he was sitting quietly in the evening, sometimes he sang some of the church hymns as, “Come, Come, Ye Saints”, “Oh My Father”, “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet,” He had a nice soft voice. After his second marriage he still served in public offices: Justice of the Peace in the Paris Precinct, on the election board, president of the Pioneer Irrigation Company, and other public duties. He always fulfilled his church assignments and attended his church meetings. He liked especially to attend general conference in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, where he enjoyed the organ and choir music along with the speakers. He kept wood cut for the fires in the stoves. As we grew older it was our duty to carry in the wood and pile it behind the dining room stove. In winter there was pile three feet high and six feet long each evening. In summer the cooking was done in an old square stove in the shanty a lean to on the east of the house. On the east side also was a brick patio and work bench. There was a square arbor formed by two shade trees on the north side and hollyhocks, lilac bushes and tea tree on the other two sides. There was a bench and an old chair or two. Here we often sat in the cool of the evenings. We sometimes had cake and ice cream on birthdays and holidays. There was a pole between the two trees, from which hung a strong rope swing. Here we had years of pleasure-as long as the rope lasted. Sometimes on holidays our mother made a six—quart freezer of ice cream and other food and we went on picnics to the ice cave and other places. On Sunday we often went to Lanark and spent the day with Walter and Laura Findlay family. Sometimes we went to Dingle to spend the day with Frank Smedley’s family. We didn’t go too often, because our mother didn’t like to miss Sunday sacrament meetings. In winter time on Saturday afternoons after our work and chores were done, our father hitched “Old Dick” to the cutter and we rode around the Paris roads and even as far as the brick yard when that road was good, accompanied by the soft toned sleigh bells, we liked to hear. When he had business in Montpelier with merchants or other people, he always took us with him for an outing. Then we went around by Dingle, visited Frank Smedley and back home through the bottoms. In the spring the mud was often hub deep and there was water on the bridges. He had a good relationship with the Montpelier people with whom he did business. He continued to make brick as long as he was able. Many buildings made of his bricks are still standing, bearing out the statement of Robert Spence that “Mr. Smedley makes a good quality of brick” in one of his weekly papers. At one time Pres. Joseph R. Shepherd asked him if he could make some square bricks that he could place diagonally to make a walk in front of his house. So Thomas, ordered a 6 inch square mold. He used a divider, from corner to corner, to make some half bricks necessary to fit into the diagonal pattern. So Pres. Shepherd had a diagonal brick walk from his front porch steps to his gate. The extra bricks that were left over Mr. Smedley put in front of his own front gate and completed a brick walk to his front door. He also had a brick walk from the back door to the out house and chicken house. On his birthday Smedleys from Dingle, Findlay from Lanark, Smedleys and Lewis’s from Paris would come and give him a party and bring gifts. Sometimes the McDermotts from Clifton and Humphreys from Shelley would be present also. On one birthday they brought him a nice black suit for wearing to church and special occasions. He always looked very neat when he was dressed in his black suit, black shoes and black hat. He liked a white shirt with a starched stiff front. He always saw that his suit and hat were well brushed and his shoes polished before he went out in them. Walter Lewis said that he considered him one of the most upstanding men of all the converts that came from other countries. He also mentioned his honesty and neat appearance. Aunt Flora Buck praised him for his clean language. She said she had never heard him say a word that could even be called the least bit out of the way. In his later years he was plagued by strokes, but he still sawed wood and did his daily chores when he was able. He finally caught pneumonia. After spending several days in bed under the watchful care of his devoted wife, Ida, and Dr. Richard Sutton, he passed away 23 Feb 1921. George Humphreys, a neighbor whom he had known as a boy in Mansfield Parish in England, was one of the speakers in his funeral. He mentioned his useful life and good qualities. He said that very often a widow woman or a woman whose husband was on a mission would find a sack of flour on her door step and knew not from where it came. He also told that when there was a mud hole in the city streets that Bro. Smedley sent a load of brick bats to fill it up. After a long and useful life he was laid to rest in the Paris Cemetery 6 Feb 1921. Refer back to the fact that Thomas Joynes Smedley had his name removed from the church rolls to vote and run for Justice of the Peace in the Paris Precinct. La Rae Nielson’s family went to the Salt Lake Temple on 26 Jun 1984 and had all of the necessary ordinances performed for Thomas Joynes Smedley and Heber C. Smedley. Priesthood members in the temple filled in where extra persons were needed. From the Joynes relatives in Australia, I have learned that the Joynes families in England descended from French Hugenots who came to England to escape the religious persecution in France. This history was written by his daughter Lillian Smedley Beck.
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