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May 9, 2012 by Terence Qualtrough in forum Genealogy / History

#1212 Terence Qualtrough, 9 May 2012, 22:22

researching for information on Smallbones family. My GGgrandfather was David Smallbones born about 1829 in Eaton Bray & married Hannah Janes & in a workhouse about 1901? My GGF was John also born about 1867 in Eaton Bray? grateful for any further info. I'm a member of the Isle of Man Family Hist Soc.

#1213 Charlotte, 10 May 2012, 03:27


The Eaton Bray Community Tree will take you back two more generations.
This gets you to the alphabetical list of surnames.
David and John are also on there.

#1215 Tom n Harry, 10 May 2012, 13:09

Hi Terrence
From St Mary's Guide Book.

A decision was taken to demolish the church tower and rebuild it to a more normal square plan.
The registers for 1880 record the tragic death of James Smallbones of Northall who at the age of 25 was killed by the fall of a stone on his head while engaged in pulling down the tower of Eaton Bray Parish Church.

James was the son of David and Hannah.

#1217 Tom n Harry, 10 May 2012, 16:20

Havefound David on all census to his death in 1903.
What is strange is that there are 2 records for him in 1901. one is as you say in Leighton Buzzard workhouse but there is another with him living in Church Lane Eaton Bray with son Thomas and his wife Mary Ann and grandson John.Entry also reads "Inmate of workhouse on leave".

#1218 Tom n Harry, 10 May 2012, 16:30

Have also found John on all census.
Marriage to Harriett Belderson registered Hendon Middlesex September 1890.
Death registered Docking Norfolk September 1931 age 64.

#1219 Tom n Harry, 10 May 2012, 16:42

Children for John.
John Mathew c1893 Hendon Middlesex.
Nora Edith c 1903 Holme Next to the Sea Norfolk.

1911 census shows married 21 years.
3 children born but only 2 still living.

#1220 Tom n Harry, 10 May 2012, 19:45

Found some Navel Records on Ancestry for John Matthew and posted on Genes Reunited. Got these replies.

John Matthews Smallbone
Medal or Award: RN Long Service and Good conduct Medal
Service Year: 1925-1930
Ship Name: Victory

John M Smallbone
Medal or Award: Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal
Service Year: 1914-1920
Service Location: Europe
Campaign or Service: World War I
Service Number: J 6906

Name: J M Smallbone
Medal or Award: RN Long Service and Good conduct Medal
Service Year: 1925-1930

Name: John Matthews Smallbone
Medal or Award: RN Long Service and Good conduct Medal
Service Year: 1925-1930
Ship Name: Victory

#1221 Tom n Harry, 10 May 2012, 20:43

There is a record on the National Archives site in the Register of Seamans Services.


Smallbone, John Matthew

Official Number:


Place of Birth:

Hendon, Middlesex

30 December 1892

ADM 188/660

#1222 Tom n Harry, 11 May 2012, 06:33

Marriage for Nora to Percival V Crake registered Docking Norfolk April 1926.

#1223 Tom n Harry, 11 May 2012, 07:30

Record on Eaton Bray Roll of Honour for Harold J Smallbones died 26th September 1917 in France.
He was the grandson of David.

#1224 Tom n Harry, 11 May 2012, 08:00

Poss marriage for John Matthew to Gertrude C Hewlett registered Portsmouth June 1915.

#1226 Terence Qualtrough, 12 May 2012, 00:55

Many thanks for responding so quickly with some fantastic info which I did not have & didn't know about community trees! Eaton Bray is a must to visit in the future.Am I likely to find graves for David & Hannah & his parents in the area. Have not been sucessful as yet in finding my G fathers naval records but my brother thinks that he was a chief petty officer & was on the Victory not sure where buried.

#1227 Tom n Harry, 12 May 2012, 06:50

Have found Hannah in Bower Lane Cemetery Eaton Bray with burial date 13th June 1886 age 57.
Don't know if she still has a grave marker but can check soon.
No luck with David yet.
Do you have a date or year of death for John Matthew?

#1228 Tom n Harry, 12 May 2012, 07:22

Think I have found death for John Matthew registered Kings Lynn Norfolk 1955.Holme next to the Sea is in that district and is where the family are living in 1911. He is mentioned on their War Memorial as serving in the Royal Navy in 1914-15 on HMS Spiteful.
Could be the place to start to find his grave.

#2270 Trevor Smallbone, 31 March 2015, 08:49

Hi Terence,

I have just come across this link and hope it is still active. We share common ancestry as my Grandfather is John Matthews Smallbone, confirmed on my now deceased parents marriage certificate, and my cousin Josephine is possibly your Aunt?

This research confirms some of the verbal history that I heard growing up, and apparently GF John Smallbone was in the RN and served on HMS Victory when the ship was used as a sail training vessel for naval officers.

I am very interested to see how far your research has progressed. I have some pics of GF & GM from my childhood.

Regards, Trevor

#3502 Terence Qualtrough, 22 October 2017, 23:10

       hope you still look in on this site (forum). Would be great to make contact.

I can be contacted via the

Isle of Man Family Hist. Society,
The Secretary,
email: [email protected]

Forum contributors:- Charlotte, and Tom n Harry
PS. Many thanks for the information you provided.

#3603 Phil Muskett, 16 August 2019, 14:05

I have just come across this and have ancestors with the surname Smallbones. My 3rd Great Grandmother was Maria Smallbones born in1802, who married John Muskett in 1829. My 4th Great Uncle John Smallbones married Elizabeth Janes in 1818, there must be a link there

#3676 Trevor Smallbone, 26 January 2022, 15:44

Apologies, as just seen your posting from 2019! Definitely must be a connection here as my Great great grandfather David Smallbones (1828 – 1903) in 1849 married
Hannah Janes(1829 –1886)  at Edlesborough, Buckingham.  So a very small community living around Eaton Bray as feudal agricultural workers.  I think the connection is from Thomas (Thos) Smallbones b(1731) Cranfield, Beds in 1767 married to Sarah Howard b(1745) at
Eaton Bray, Buckingham who had a son John Smallbones b(1775) who possibly had married Elizabeth Janes in 1818. Trevor.

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