Emma (Wiedhofft) & William Wright Smith & Family

Emma Wiedhofft (Smith)

Emma Wiedhofft was born to Frederick Augustus and his second wife Emma (Huntsman/Sinkler) in the March quarter of 1878 in Islington, London. She was baptized at St John Parish Church, Kingston on Thames on the 29th August 1888. Emma daughter of Frederic Augustus & Emma Wiedhofft of Brecknoll Villa, gentleman, EH Jones Offs Minr

Half brother Frederick married Clio Newton on the 17th of May 1880 at St Marks Church, Clerkenwell.

1881 Census: Dwelling: 42 Upper Street Census Place: Islington, London, Middlesex, England Source: FHL Film 1341049 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0225 Folio 5 Page 9
Fredk.Augs. WIEDHOFT Head M 56 M Brush Maker St George The Martyr, Middlesex,
Emma WIEDHOFT Wife M 44  F . Brompton, Middlesex
Wm. WIEDHOFT Son U 19  M Clerk St Lukes, Middlesex,
Louisa WIEDHOFT Daur U 16 F Pupil Teacher St Lukes, Middlesex
Wm. HUNTSMAN Stepson U 20 M Brush Maker Islington, Middlesex
Chas. HUNTSMAN Stepson U 15 M Pupil Teacher Islington, Middlesex
Alfred HUNTSMAN Stepson . 11 M Scholar Islington, Middlesex
Mark WIEDHOFT Son . M   .Islington, Middlesex
Emma WIEDHOFT Daur . 3 F   .Islington, Middlesex
Elizth. VICKER U . 17   F Housemaid St Lukes, Middlesex

1891 Census: Brenknoll, Grove Lane, Norbiton. Kingston, Surrey
Frederick A Wiedhoft Head M 67M Retired Furrier London, St George the Martyr
Emma do Wife M F   do, Knightsbridge
Mark do. Son   M Brush Dealer Aprentice do, Islington
Emma do Daur   F Scholar do, Islington
Jane Ottaway Serv   16F Domestic Surrey, Kingston

28 Dec 1891 Just after Christmas Emma's father ( Frederick Augustus) died in Kingston, Surrey.

------------------------------------------------------------------------ extract from father Frederick Augustus’s Will to my daughter Emma fifty (pounds) when she arrives at the age of twenty one - or sooner if she gets married with the consent of her guardian and in the event of my wife marrying then I direct my trustees to retain all interest and residue of my estate as hereinbefore mentioned for the use maintenance and education of my infants ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mother (Emma) died on the 21st of February 1895 at 48 Hawksley Rd. Stoke Newington, London. She was buried on the 25th February 1895 in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington (092871 Wieldhofft). Her will of 10th April 1892 left £901.15/6 William Huntsman ‐ Probate London.

_________________________________________extract from mother Emma’s will I give to my son Charles Huntsman my silver plate and larger diamond ring to my son Alfred Huntsman my smaller diamond ring clock and music to Laura wife of my son William Huntsman my small gold brooch and any of my china books pictures bronzes or other ornaments not hereby otherwise specifically bequeathed which she may select. To my son Mark Wiedhofft the watch and chain which belonged to his father. To my daughter Emma Wiedhofft my gold bracelet two silver bracelets, my gold watch and chain and any of my brooches which may remain after the aforesaid gift to the said Laura Huntsman and subject to the aforesaid gifts. _________________________________________________

1901 Census: Hitherfield Rd. Streatham
Alfred Edwd Large Head M 34   Civil Service Clock? 2nd Devon, Kings Teignton
Louisa F Large Wife M   36   London, City Road
Mary F Large Daur S   3   Streatham
Emma Wiedhofft Sister in Law S   23 Elementary School Teacher London, Islington
Selina B Hall Serv S   29 General Servant Domestic Norfolk Stiffkey?

On the 4th of August 1906 brother Mark (back from the Boer War) married 27 year old spinster Annie Louisa Read at the Fulham Register Office. .

Marriage announcement William Wright Smith to Emma Wiedhofft10th April 1907 Emma married William Wright Smith at Oakfield Road Church, Clifton, Bristol.

William was appointed conservator of the royal herbarium of Calcutta in 1907-1908. Did Emma (known as Emmy) go to Calcutta with her new husband?

They were blessed with three daughters Margaret, Lesley (became a doctor) and Alison although we do not have a timeline yet.

Emma with daughters Lesley, Margaret and Alison

Pictured left outside their home Inverleith House, Edinburgh (Royal Botanic Gardens). L to R Lesley, Emmy, Margaret with Alison kneeling. William was assistant conservator with the botanical garden of Edinburgh from 1911 to 1922, during the First World War he was put in charge of wood production.

William was knighted in 1932

Sir William Wright Smith
Sir William Wright Smith was a British botanist, born on February 3, 1875 in Lochmaben in Scotland and died on December 15, 1956. He was the son of James T Smith. He studied at the University of Edinburgh where he obtained his Master of Arts, his Doctorate of Sciences and his Doctorate of Law. He married Emma Wiedhofft, the union of which produced three girls. He was a lecturer in botany at the University of Edinburgh, conservator of the royal herbarium of Calcutta in 1907-1908. He explored the flora of India and Tibet during several expeditions. He was assistant conservator with the botanical garden of Edinburgh from 1911 to 1922. He became a member of Royal Society in 1945 and various other learned societies. He appears in many publications on the flora of India, Burma and China.

Sir William died on the 15th December 1956
Emma’s death not yet located.

Jessie Cooper was the daughter of Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft's second wife from her first marriage. Unfortunately her husband (Harry) was to die when their son Roland Edgar was just 10 months old. As yet unresearched but it seems that Jessie was to pass away within the next few years, and the care of young Roland passed to Jessie's half sister Emma (Wiedhofft) and her husband William Wright Smith. He was to travel to India with his new family and studied botany and horticulture in Calcutta. In 1934 he was to follow his uncle as curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. School admissions record shows Edwin Wiedhofft born 3-6-1890 real name Cooper living with grandmother Mrs (Elizabeth) Wiedhofft 48 Hawksely Rd.

Emma Wiedhofft b. Islington, London 1878,
m. William Wright Smith 1907
d. 19??


Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft & Mary Elizabeth (Ruppersburg)


Frederick Augustus & Emma (Huntsman nee Sinkler)


___ with Amelia ___
Amelia 1850
Frederick 1853
Charlotte 1855
Charles 1856
Ann 1859
William Alfred 1861
Arthur 1863
Louisa Florence 1865
____ with Emma____
Mark 1876
Emma 1878





Wright Smiths & Goughs
Pictured right L to R John Henry Gough William Wright Smith Ann (Wiedhofft) Gough, John Wiedhofft Gough (author & philosopher) and Emma Smith.