Isabel Irons

Isabel Irons (later Isabel Smith) was the youngest of the five known children of Richard Irons and his wife Ruth Betts of the fenland village of Little Downham in Cambridgeshire, England.

When Isabel was about 23, she gave birth to her daughter Elizabeth Irons, who was noted in the Little Downham parish register as her 'spurious child' - a term used to describe illegitimacy.

Sadly, Elizabeth failed to thrive, and she died when she was about 4 years later in January 1749.

By March of that year, she married Francis Smith, and the couple embarked on parenthood the following year, eventually bringing three children into the family.

However, just over a year after the birth of their son Richard in 1755, Isabel died. She would have been about 34 years. It is unclear what became of Francis and his children after this tragedy.

Life Events


  • circa 1722 at Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 20th October 1722 at St. Leonard's Church, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Francis Smith (17??-?) on 4th March 1749 at St. Leonard's Church, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Elizabeth Irons (1745-1749)
  • Anne Smith (1750-?)
  • Thomas Smith (1753-?)
  • Richard Smith (1755-?)


  • During July 1756 at Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England, aged about 34 years.


  • 13th July 1756 at St. Leonard's Churchyard, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Richard Irons (16??-1734)
  • Ruth Betts (16??-1741)


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