Florence Shoesmith

Brief Life History of Florence

When Florence Shoesmith was born in 1883, in Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas George Shoesmith, was 25 and her mother, Caroline Whimhurst, was 25. She married William James Rawlings in 1903, in Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Hastings Holy Trinity, Sussex, England, United Kingdom in 1901. She died in 1946, in Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 63.

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William James Rawlings
Florence Shoesmith
Marriage: 1903
Doris Rawlings
Herbert Rawlings
Frank Rawlings

Sources (5)

  • Florence Shoesmith, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • Florence Shoesmith, "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005"
  • Florence Shoesmith in household of Thomas George Shoesmith, "England and Wales Census, 1891"

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Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a blacksmith who either specialized in shoeing horses (a farrier) or in making and fitting iron blades known as shoes, such as the tips of spades and the plowshares on plow moldboards, from Middle English sho ‘shoe’ (Old English scōh) + smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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