The Smith line currently ends here. I suppose I should be pleased that I have got as far back as the mid eighteenth century with a name like Smith, but now I am stuck, in spite of some tantalising possibilities/leads.
What do I know?
I know that in 1812 he had offices in Finch Lane in the city of London and was working as a ship and insurance broker, and also that he may have worked as a Russia Merchant and he may have worked on Fish Street Hill. Where, tantalising, one Richard Hill died in an accident with a dray when he fell into the road. This Richard was buried in Southwark.
I also know, or am pretty sure, that he had two brothers, James and John, both of whom worked as Russian Merchants on Fish Street Hill, and later perhaps in Austin Friars. Mind you it is also possible that James and John were his children not his brothers.
I know that he had a son Richard, but I do not know who his wife was, or whether there were other children. I suspect there were because another company he had was called Richard Smith and sons.
As you can imagine with names like Richard, James and John and a surname of Smith it is difficult to get very far. So if you know anything I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and I will get back to you.