The Smee Patriarchs of England

This list is under development and is by no means comprehensive, more Patriarchs will be added as research continues. If you cannot find your Family Group listed here, please contact me?
Areas shown are Based on Registration Districts within 2 generations of Patriarch.
I have not shown Patriarchs where the only known Issue was Female or Males that died in childhood, families that still use the Smee name have a light blue background

You may notice more than one Patriarch where the number of Relations is the same, this is the result of Inter marriages between Families in the smaller Villages .....

Last Update December 2008 based on database of 4747 Individuals with surname of Smee known to have lived in England

Name
Dates
First
Record
Last Smee
Record
Origin Primary Settlement
 area(s)
Descendants Relations Notes
Steven Smee
before 1550
Son John's Will
1582
1582 Possibly Cambridgeshire Braintree Essex 13 17 Another Son Robert was the executor of John's Will
John Smee
before 1586
Will
1605
1605 ? Stambourne, Halstead, Essex 10 15  
John Smee
before 1604
Son's Baptism
1622
Son's Baptism
1630
? Gosfield, Halstead, Essex 4 5  
Matthew Smee
before 1645
Son's Baptism
1663
Son's Burial
1695
? Nayland, Sudbury, Suffolk 3 5  
Joseph Smee
1646-1718
1677
Marriage
Current Sudbury, Suffolk Sudbury, Suffolk 1,701 170,975  This is the source of
  • The Family that worked in the Bank of England for 3 generations, their descendants include the ODLING-SMEE Families, and many descendants in Australia of William Randolph SMEE.
  • The Family that married into the Fuller Family, heavily involved in Brewing, many descendants in New Zealand
Matthew Smee
c1650-1702
Son's Marriage
1683
G G'Daughter's Marriage
1752
? Great Welnetham,
Thingoe, Suffolk
17 23  
John Smee
c1654-1709
Marriage
1672
G G'Daughter's Baptism
1752
? Great Abington, Linton
Cambridgeshire
17 20  
Abraham Smee
Before 1655
Marriage
1673
G'Daughter's Baptism
1709
? Lavenham, Cosford, Suffolk 5 7  
Thomas Smee
c1668-1727
Marriage
1690
Current Sible Hedingham? Sible Hedingham, Halstead, Essex 287 8,518 The Father of Mary Smee
Richard Smee
bef 1674
Marriage
1692
1783 ? Dullingham, Newmarket
Cambridgeshire
48 76  
Thomas Smee
bef 1674
Marriage
1694
Daughter's Marriage
1735
? Brinkley, Newmarket
Cambridgeshire
8 16  
Edward Smee
c1691-1739
Marriage
1716
Current Sible
Hedingham
Great Bardfield,
Dunmow, Essex
818 8,518  
Thomas Smee
bef 1692
Marriage
1710
G'Daughter's Baptism
1749
Great Abington Great Abington, Linton,
Cambridgeshire
Hildersham, Linton,
Cambridgeshire
6 9  
John Smee
bef 1694
Marriage
1712
Daughter's Marriage
1736
Sudbury, Suffolk Sudbury, Suffolk 2 41  
Isaac Smee
bef 1700
Marriage
1717
Current Ridgewell Toppesfield 1580 8,592  
George Smee
bef 1706
Marriage
1722
Son's Marriage
1760
Halstead, Essex Halstead, Essex 7 12  
Joshua Smee
bef 1714
Marriage
1732
G'Daughter's Baptism
1764
Marylebone
London
Westminster, London 4 6  
John Smee
bef 1731
Marriage
1754
Son's Baptism
1764
Shalford Shalford, Braintree, Essex 1 6 The Father of Mary Smee
John Smee
bef 1732
Marriage
1750
Current ? Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 201 377  
William Smee
bef 1739
Marriage
1757
G G'Daughter's Marriage
1840
? Nacton, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Rochford, Essex
14 44  
Thomas Smee
1741
Baptism
1741
Current Bocking Bocking, Braintree, Essex 507 8,518  
Thomas Smee
bef 1749
Marriage
1767
Death of G'Daughter
1912
? Stetchworth, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
Ely, Cambridgeshire
116 244  
William Smee
bef 1761
Marriage
1781
Current
(USA)
Basildon, Essex Braintree, Essex
Finsbury, London
57 166 This is the family of William Smee and Sons Furniture Makers
Thomas Smee
abt 1761
Son's Baptism
1796
Current ? Great Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex
Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex
59 198  
Joseph Smee
Before 1770

1843
Son's second marriage

Current Essex
or
Suffolk?
Tendring, Essex
Samford, Suffolk
585 170,975 This is Pete SMEE's Family line
James Smee
1771-1842
Marriage
1801
Current Froyle Froyle, Alton, Hamphire 180 329  
Joseph Smee
bef 1774
Marriage
1799
Current
(Australia)
Bocking, Essex Braintree, Essex 102 8518  
George Smee
bef 1782
Marriage
1800
Daughter's Baptism
1810
Norwich, Norfolk Norwich, Norfolk 4 5  
William Edward Smee
1786
Son's Baptism
1811
Current?
Grandson's death 1926
 witnessed by a Smee
Wethersfield, Essex Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire 5 33  
Charles (John) Smee
bef 1787
Marriage
1808
Current ? Portsea, Hampshire
East Stonehouse, Devon
82 193 I'm still not 100% sure his name wasn't Smees
William Smee
bef 1790
Son's 2nd Marriage
1856
Current Tendring, Essex? Deptford, London
Windsor, Berkshire

Sydney, Australia
Alabama, USA

22 378 I think the UK branch is now extinct unless Charles Edward Victor Smee had any children?

USA branch was from Captain George Smee who settled in Alabama c1855, last known Smee event was a death in 1975, but that man had a son of whom nothing is known.

Australian Branch was George's Brother Francis Thomas Raven Smee who migrated in 1862. Still  producing Male Smees into the 21st Century

Charles Smee
bef 1792
Marriage
1822
Current Kent Dartford, Kent
Strood, Kent
134 310  
George Smee
bef 1795
Son's Baptism
1819
Death of G'Daughter
1884
London Shoreditch
Finsbury
17 21  
William Smee
bef 1796
Marriage
1813
Current Braintree,
Essex
Wethersfield, Essex
Shalford, Essex
203 611  
James Smee
abt 1796
Marriage
1821
Death of G'Daughter
1928
St Mary Newington Lambeth, London 27 88  
Samuel Smee
abt 1797
Marriage
1816
Current?
(UK Birth in 1943)
Bocking Braintree, Essex
Hackney, London
Sydney, Australia
76 180  
Joseph Smee
abt 1798
Daughter's Baptism
1838
Current Essex Beaumont cum Moze, Essex
Great Oakley, Tendring,  Essex
150 8518 The temptation is to "claim" this man as the son of Joseph the Patriarch of Pete's family
Thomas Smee
bef 1798
Son's Baptism
1817
Current ? Chelmsford, Essex
Bermondsy, London
38 122  
James Smee
bef 1805
Son's Baptism
1823
Current?
(Australia Male b1954)
? Mile End, London 25 54  
William Smee
c1806-1851
Son's Baptism
1824
Current?
(Australia Female b1930)
? Hackney, London 45 86  
John Smee
c1807-1864
Son's Baptism
1835
Marriage of Daughter
1865
Braintree Braintree, Essex
Norwich, Norfolk
15 33  
Henry Smee
c1811
Census
1871
Death of Grandson
1942
Brighton, Sussex Haywards Heath, Sussex
Westminster, London
7 23  
William Smee
bef 1828
Son's Baptism
1846
Son's second marriage
1895
? Froyle, Alton, Hampshire 10 16  
George Henry Smee
1834-1917
Son's Birth
1862
Daughter's Death
1954
Bradwell Bradwell, Braintree, Essex
West Ham, London
7 107  Most interesting Family Group, first sign is Son's Birth in 1862, Wife's name (I cannot find the Marriage) is Sarah Ann Raven which may indicate a possible connection with Francis Thomas Raven Smee  who arrived in Australia in 1862 (see above)
 Is possible that he was really Henry Hunwick, Sarah's first Husband and changed his name to his mother's Maiden name for some reason?