Henrietta Mildred Hodgson

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Henrietta Mildred Hodgson
Born (1805-01-06)6 January 1805
Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Died 19 November 1891(1891-11-19) (aged 86)
Hyde Park, London, England
Nationality British
Other names Henrietta Mildred Smith (married name)
Spouse(s) Oswald Smith
Parent(s) Robert Hodgson
Mary Tucker

Henrietta Mildred Hodgson (6 January 1805 – 19 November 1891) was an English lady with both royal and presidential genealogical connections.

Through her Virginia ancestry, Queen Elizabeth II and her descendants are related to George Washington, with Augustine Warner Jr. and his wife Mildred Reade having been their common ancestors.

Life and family[edit]

Born on 6 January 1805, Henrietta Mildred was the daughter of the Very Rev. Robert Hodgson (1776–1844), Dean of Carlisle from 1820 until his death; and of Mary Tucker (born in 1778), a daughter of Colonel Martin Tucker. Her parents had married in 1804. Her grandfather was another Robert Hodgson (born in 1740), of Congleton in Cheshire.[1][2]

On 18 March 1824 at St George's, Hanover Square, Westminster, she married Oswald Smith (7 July 1794 – 18 June 1863) of St Marylebone and Blendon Hall in Kent. Oswald was the second son of George Smith.[3][4]

They had seven children:

  1. Isabella Mary Smith (b. 24 April 1825, d. 1907) m. 1847 Cadogan Hodgson Cadogan (of Brinkburn Priory).
  2. Oswald Augustus Smith (b. 21 October 1826, d. 1902) m. 1856 Rose Sophia Vansittart.
  3. Eric Carrington Smith (b. 25 May 1828, d. 1906) m. 1849 Mary Maberly.
  4. Laura Charlotte Smith (b. 2 August 1829) m. 1848 Col. Evan Maberly.
  5. Beilby Smith (b. 12 August 1830, d. in infancy in 1831).
  6. Frances Dora Smith (b. 29 July 1832, d. 5 February 1922) m. 1853 Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
  7. Marion Henrietta Smith (b. 25 Feb 1835, d. 1897) m.1854 Lt-Col. Henry Dorrien Streatfeild (of Chiddingstone Castle).[5][6]

In 1853 their daughter Frances married Claude Bowes-Lyon, later Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. She was thus a great-grandmother of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and great-great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.

Henrietta Mildred Hodgson was the granddaughter of Mildred Porteus, who had married Robert (The Elder) Hodgson, and was herself the granddaughter of Robert and Mildred Porteus, of Virginia, who in 1720 moved to Yorkshire. The earlier Mildred Porteus was the daughter of John and Mary Smith, Mary being a daughter of Augustine Warner Jr. and a sister of Mildred Warner, who married Lawrence Washington (1659–1698) and was the grandmother of the first US President, George Washington.[7]

Henrietta Mildred Smith died on 19 November 1891. At her death, her memorial in All Saints Church, Sanderstead, states:

B. 6. JAN 1805 D. 19. NOV 1891

PROV. XXXV V. 28.'


  1. ^ John Bennett Boddie, Historical Southern Families: Volume 23 (1998): "...Robert Hodgson of Congleton in Chester Co., b. 1740. Their son, Rev. Robert Hodgson, Dean of Carlisle, m. 1804 Mary Tucker. Their daughter Henrietta Mildred Hodgson m. 1824 Oswald Smith..."
  2. ^ Daughters of the American Revolution magazine, vol. 88, p. 110: "...Mary, daughter of Col. Martin Tucker..."
  3. ^ Publications of the Harlein Society, Registers Volume 24 (1897), The register book of marriages belonging to the parish of St. George's, Hanover Square, Vol IV (1824–1837), p. 5: "Oswald Smith, Esq., B., of S' Marylebone, & Henrietta Mildred Hodgson, S., a minor. Licence. With the consent of her father."
  4. ^ Micajah Boland, Sarah Harper and her descendants, the Terrys: their royal and colonial ancestry (1958), p. 12: "Henrietta Mildred Hodgson, daughter of Robert Hodgson and Mary Tucker, married on 18 March 1824, Oswald Smith of Blendon Hall, co. Kent."
  5. ^ John Debrett, Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1836) p. 246
  6. ^ William Courthope, Debrett's complete peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1838) p. 300
  7. ^ Albert H. Spencer, Genealogy of the Spencer family (1956), p. v (snippet)