George Smith (1765–1836)
He was the fifth son of Abel Smith, a wealthy Nottingham banker and Member of Parliament. Four of his brothers were also Members of Parliament and one, Robert, was raised to the peerage as Baron Carrington. A portion of the family wealth was devoted to buying control of two pocket boroughs, Wendover and Midhurst, and Carrington kept the seats here almost exclusively for use by various members of the Smith family until his power was ended by the Great Reform Act.
Family and legacy
Smith lived at Selsdon in Surrey. He married Frances Mary Mosley (c. 1770, d. 5 July 1844), daughter of Sir John Parker Mosley, 1st Baronet and they had 9 sons and 6 daughters: George Robert MP (of Selsdon Park) (1793–1869) m. Jane Maberly (1800–1879, the daughter of John Maberly), Oswald (1794–1863) m. Henrietta Mildred Hodgson (1805–1891) (leaving at her death 111 direct surviving descendents), John Henry (of Purley Bury) (1795–1887), Thomas Charles (1797–1876), Edward Peploe (1803–1847) m.1 Henrietta Bailey m.2 Harriet Chester, Arthur (1804–1831), Edmund (1809–1873) m. Hester Lushington (1816–1888), Mosley (1810–1869), Alfred (of Kingswood) (1815–1886) m. Mary Wigram (1821–1869), Frances Mary (1796–1867) m. the Venerable Robert Mosley Master, Georgina Elizabeth (1801–1828) m. Rev Edward Sorocold, Emily (1806–1879) m. Rev Charles Mayne, Catherine (1807–1870) m. Edward Wigram, Sophia Sarah (1812–1883) m. Rev William Wigram, Augusta Mary (1816–1888) m. Rev Lewis Deedes.
His memorial in All Saints Church, Sanderstead, states:
GEORGE SMITH ESQUIRE
OF SELSDON BROTHER OF ROBERT, LORD CARRINGTON FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND A DIRECTOR OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY BORN APRIL XXX MDCCLXV DIED DECEMBER XXVI MDCCCXXXVI IN HIM UNUSUAL MEEKNESS AND SIMPLICITY WERE UNITED WITH UNCOMPROMISING PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE AND HONOR THE PURITY OF HIS CHARACTER BOTH IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE WAS UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AND RESPECTED AND HIS BENEVOLENCE WAS FELT BY ALL AROUND HIM HIS WIDOW AND THIRTEEN SURVIVING SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO INSCRIBE THIS MONUMENT TO HIS MEMORY ARE CONSOLED BY THE RECOLLECTION OF HIS PIETY HIS HOPE AND TRUST IN GOD AND HIS CONSTANT ENDEAVOR TO DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF HIS STATION AS A SERVANT OF CHRIST. KEEP INNOCENCY AND TAKE HEED UNTO THE THING THAT IS RIGHT: FOR THAT SHALL BRING A MAN PEACE AT THE LAST.
Smith was a great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Smith