Founder of S. Smith & Son, c. 1826. Born in Ilford and trained as a craftsman, Samuel Smith opened his first shop in 149/151 Newington Causeway in London in 1851. His business expanded rapidly, as he gained a reputation for offering a fast and friendly service, enabling him to open a second shop in 1871.
1850 birth of son Samuel Smith, Jr. 1851 Living at 2 Richmond Street, Southwark (age 25 born Ilford), Silversmith. With wife Amelia (age 21 born Southwark) and son Samuel (age 6 months born Southwark). One servant. 1861 Living at Brixton Hill, Streatham (age 35 born Ilford), Jeweller. With wife Amelia (age 31 born Southwark) and children Samuel (age 10 born Southwark), Amelia J. (age 9 born Newington), Joseph J. (age 4 born Newington), Alice (age 3 born Streatham) and Edith A. (age 1 born Streatham). One servant. 1871 Living at Wilton House, 7 Brixton Rise, Brixton (age 45 born Ilford), Jeweller. With wife Amelia (age 41 born Southwark) and their children Samuel (age 20 born Southwark), Jeweller; Amelia Jane (age 19 born Newington); Alice (age 13 born Streatham); Edith Annie (age 11 born Streatham); Amy (age 9 born Lambeth); Kate (age 7 born Lambeth); Emily (age 6 born Lambeth); Jessie (age 4 born Lambeth) and Ada Florence (age 2 born Lambeth). Three servants. 1875 Died.