Smiths of Northumberland - rosemary dixon-smith
At Hexham, March 9 1761, a large concourse of people assembled to oppose the ballot for the Militia, when Ensign Hart, and a private of the North Yorkshire Militia being killed, the Magistrates ordered the soldiers to fire, by which 45 of the rioters were slain and 300 wounded.
Richard Smith son to John Smith weaver was born at Colwell. Ocbr. 28 – 1781
Richard Smith was born at Colwell and baptised on 28 October 1781 at Bavington Presbyterian Chapel. The register at this church shows several possible siblings of Richard including 1771 Thomas, 1773 Mary, 1776 John and 1785 George. Clear naming patterns indicate this is the right family and the dates are suitable as well. The non-conformist leanings of the family were already well-established.
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