Agnes Smart ♀


Born 06/03/1894, 4 The Avenue, Handsworth, Staffs

Died 15/01/1986, recorded age 91

Possible aliases/distractors

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Agnes was born in Handsworth (on the border with Smethwick), but lived most of her life in Smethwick (except for the period 1916 to 1923, when she lived in Moilliett St, as did her sister-in-law Phillis). After her husband James died in 1925, she brought up her 3 children on her own (although her sister Amy and brother-in-law Jack helped by looking after the children whilst Agnes was at work). From 1923, she lived in the same house until the end of her life (from 1945) with her daughter Evelyn and son-in-law Frank) and their children.

Agnes's early working career was at Baxters, the Parade, Birmingham (national phone central 2036): a company that stocked and sold nuts, bolts and screws. It is clear that Baxters was a family company, supportive of its employees. There was an annual outing to the Baxters' home in Worcestershire. It also participated in the Girls Friendly Society scheme, and Agnes was in this scheme for 3 years until she got married (the GFS was only for single women at that time).

Agnes ran a 'treble twenties' club (for those over 60) at St Marks church and was a local community warden for Greenfield Rd, into her 80s. In connection with this, she was interviewed by ABC television (it is believed the programme was broadcast on 17th October 1965).

After she retired (from the MEB) at the age of 65, Agnes visited Canada to see her sister Carrie (Caroline) and nephew (Joe Bradbury). She died in Dudley Road Hospital on the 5th January 1986.


When Agnes and James were first married they lived at 73 Moilliett Street, Birmingham, B18 and they moved to Greenfield Road in 1923. James's sister Phyllis Barrett (née Busby) and her husband Edward were also resident at #73 in 1918. In 1921, James was on the electoral role at Moilliett St (as a resident) as was James's mother Harriett Elizabeth Busby (as the owner, Elizabeth Busby). It is not clear whether Harriett lived there too. Number 73 may have been a shop (not yet confirmed).

Possible parents

   Caroline Jones (c1856)

   Josiah Smart (1856)

Possible partners

  James Busby (1889–1925)
      m. 29/01/1916 (St Michaels, Oldbury, Worcs)

Possible children

Evelyn Busby (1920–2007)

Possible maternal siblings

Ephraim Jones (1878–1945)
Henry Smart (1880–????)
Beatrice Smart (1882–1952)
Amy Smart (1885–1953)
Josiah Smart (1887–1888)
Caroline Emily Smart (1889–????)
Herbert Smart (1891–????)
George Alfred Smart (1897–????)


Agnes Smart 'Life track'

pdateagedob rangeAddressoccupation
31/03/1901601/04/1894 to 31/03/189573 Mornington Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire  
02/04/19111703/04/1893 to 02/04/189482 Pool Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire Shop assistant
Baxters Bolt Screw & Rivet Wks


Date: 31/03/1901   Sheet: RG13/2822/63
Address: 73 Mornington Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire
 M  F 
OccupationBirthplaceEditor's notes
1166Josiah SmartHead45    MarriedBlacksmith's StrikerSmethwick, Staffs 
1219Caroline SmartWife   45 Married Smethwick, Staffs 
1368Ephraim SmartSon23    SingleCopper tube drawerSmethwick, Staffs 
1467Amy SmartDaughter   16 SingleCharwomanSmethwick, Staffs 
1571Caroline SmartDaughter   11 Single Smethwick, Staffs 
1669Herbert SmartSon9    Single Smethwick, Staffs 
171Agnes SmartDaughter   6 Single Smethwick, Staffs 
1870George SmartSon4    Single Smethwick, Staffs 


Date: 02/04/1911   Sheet: RG14 Piece 17979 SN 219
Address: 82 Pool Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire
Note(s): Census return says Smethwick B'ham, but should be Smethwick, Staffs
 M  F 
OccupationBirthplaceEditor's notes
166Josiah SmartHead54    MarriedBlacksmith's Striker
B'ham Rly & Car WG
Staffs, Langley Green 
219Caroline Emily SmartWife   54 Married Glos, Cheltenhammarried 32 years; 9 children (8 extant)
31Agnes SmartDaughter   17 SingleShop assistant
Baxters Bolt Screw & Rivet Wks
Staffs, Handsworth 
470George Alfred SmartSon14    SingleWood machinist
B'ham Rly Car & Wagon Co
Staffs, Smethwick 
5226John BradburySon in Law20    MarriedTube drawer
Tube Manufacturers
Cupped (?) Steam Tubing Locomotives
Staffs, West Bromwich 
671Caroline Emily BradburyDaughter   21 Married Staffs, Smethwickmarried 2 years; 2 children (shown here)
7751John Josiah BradburyGrandson2    Single Worcs, Oldbury 
8750Agnes Caroline BradburyGranddaughter   4/12 Single Staffs, Smethwick 


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