A phone call and a visit to UK sealed the friendship and Peter generously gave me the Smith family history that he had amassed - back to about 1680. It transpires that all the Smiths had originally been Smith-Flannagans but one of my great-great grannies objected to the Flannagan part of name and so the Flannagan bit was dropped! Most of the early Smiths were pilots of the Bristol Channel until the family migrated over to Penarth in Wales. They were hard times for the pilots of Pill at the time and the move to Penarth proved successful.
Thanks to Google (and Peter) I now know something about my Smith origins. More on the ancestors from Pill here pukawaparadise: Nautical Ancestors
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