My great grandmother born Mary Susannah WATTS (known as Susan) was born 18th June 1848 in Cam, (near Dursley) Gloucestershire. She was married twice - the first time to Stephen Hadley SMITH in Cam on the 6th April 1866. According to FreeBMD Stephen's birth was registered with both surnames in 1843
Births March qrt 1843
HADLEY Stephen Dursley 11 317
SMITH Stephen Dursley 11 317
Stephen and 2 of his brothers, Walter (registered as Walter SMITH in 1841) & Charles, were all christened on the 12th June 1848 at Cam Parish Church as the sons of Stephen and Sarah HADLEY.
Stephen HADLEY Senior had married Sarah SMITH, a widow, on Dec 6th 1846 at Cam. Sarah's father was Joseph HORWOOD. Sarah HORWOOD had married a Noah SMITH 1st Nov 1829 and I have found two children for them - Esther SMITH in 1829 and another Noah SMITH in 1832 - But what happened to their father?
Except for his wedding, Stephen Hadley SMITH was always known as Stephen HADLEY and he and Susan had 6 children. He died in 1876 and after his death, in 1879, Susan HADLEY (nee WATTS) married John HILL and they had 2 children, the first one born in 1878, before their marriage, and the last being my grandfather Ashton Bertie HILL in 1880.
But I am still curious about Noah SMITH - not a blood relation - but did he die between 1831 and 1841 or did she just leave him?