The Smiths #2

It is Annie Smith’s birthday today.

Photographer unknown, c.1895, courtesy of the Smith family via Kath Gomersall

Robert SMITH and Zillah Agar SUGGIT had four daughters. They are posing here in the garden of Church Cliff Farm and I have guessed the year the photograph was taken.

In order of arrival on the planet, the girls are Zillah Agar (’67), Mary Harriet (’70), Annie (’74) and Sarah Edith (’76).

Mary Harriet was the first to depart, in 1895, then Annie in 1898 and Zillah Agar in 1902. Phthisis claimed all three. Youngest sister Sarah Edith lived for 75 years.

This is enough information to hazard identification. Left to right I think we are looking at Annie, Mary Harriet, Zillah Agar, and Sarah Edith.

Field 14 · Church Field

St Oswald’s and Church Cliff Farm

2 thoughts on “The Smiths #2

  1. These are my great grandfather Wharton Smith’s sisters and I know that the one on the far right is definitely Sarah Edith (Edie) who was my great grandfather’s favourite, apparently! I am named after her instead of getting the traditional Zillah of first born girls in the family for generations. My mum is Zillah as was her mum who was Wharton’s first born daughter. My granny had this photo on display at her house and it had the year and the sisters names on the back, but I don’t recall it, unfortunately.


    1. Thank you for this information, Sarah. I am pleased I identified Edie correctly! I think it must have been your mother who kindly donated family photos and documents to Kath Wilkie – and gave Kath permission to pass some of the items on to me. I had not noticed that Zillah was traditionally given to firstborn girls but have always liked the name.


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