This photo is believed to be very early – possibly the 1870s although this is a later copy. It shows Mary Ann Edwards.
We have met Mary Ann before on this blog. In 1877 she married Charles Smith of the famous pond making family.
Mary actually came, originally, from Everleigh but in 1871 she was in service at Ramsbury.
We do not know how her path crossed that of Market Lavington born Charles Smith. Possibly Mary got an in service job in the Lavington area or maybe (as was common) Charles was with a pond digging team living away from home whilst a pond was made. We can only assume that romance blossomed.
The couple married in the Pewsey registration district which included Everleigh so we suspect the marriage was there. But the Smith family home was Market Lavington and Mary came to live with her husband in this village. By 1881 they already had a couple of Market Lavington born children.
Mary and Charles had been married for 47 years when Charles died. Mary outlived him by 14 years. She died in 1938. She had lived in Market Lavington ever since 1877.
There will be few people in the village now who remember Mary for it is now close on 77 years since she died.
But she does look to be a lovely, determined lady in the very old photo.