Edith Smith was born on March 2nd 1878. She was the first child of Joseph and Eliza Smith who lived at 51, Old Mill Wharf, Barnsley, Yorkshire where Joseph was employed as a canal labourer on the Barnsley Canal. From 1871, the Barnsley Canal had been subsumed into the much larger Aire and Calder Navigation.
In my family archives I have Edith's original birth certificate. Not a copy purchased from the Government Records Office but the actual, handwritten copy of the register that was given to Joseph and Eliza in 1878. It has a one penny stamp stuck onto the paper underneath the Deputy Registrar's beautiful copperplate handwriting.
I've also got the silk, hand-made and hand-embroidered christening gown that Eliza made for all her children to wear at their baptisms. This was passed onto my grandma, Elsie Smith, and both her sons wore it at their christening ceremonies. Her first son was Vernon Smith who I wrote about a few days ago and her second son was my dad, Norman Buckle. My sister and I wore the gown too in the 1950s.
When Edith was about ten years old she stitched this beautiful sampler. She was my grandmother's older sister and I guess that maybe she helped Elsie to sew her own sampler.
You might like to read more about Edith Smith:
On This Day in 1919: Edith Smith and the flu pandemic.
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