Monday, July 25, 2011

Job Nye

Job Nye and Catherine Goldsmith marriage record 4 June 1840
Marriage Certificate of Job Nye and Catherine Goldsmith in the Parish of Brenchley
4 June 1840 is above.

The 8th and last child born to Thomas Nye and Ann Walker was named Job who was born about 1791. Similiarly to his brother Thomas, after much searching for a birth or christening I began to doubt that Job existed.

Finally after ignoring him for a long time I received a telephone call from my cousin Karen. She was in Salt Lake City researching at the Family History Library and was excited to tell me that she had found Job's marriage, so we were off and running again.

Job married Ann Rolfe on 4 June 1815 in Horton Kirby, Kent. They lived in East Peckham where five children were born to them:

  • Caroline Nye born in 1820
  • Mercy Nye born in 1823
  • Thomas Nye born in 1825
  • Anne Nye born in 1828
  • and Elizabeth Nye born in 1831.

Ann Rolfe Nye died and was buried at East Peckham on 21 November 1833. Their son Thomas died and is buried in East Peckham also on 6 April 1834.

On 4 June 1840 Job married Catherine Goldsmith (nee Bromley), a widow who had been born in Ireland. They were married at Brenchley, Kent. Catherine's first husband, James Goldsmith, had died in 1830 at Newfoundland, Canada and she had 3 children: Richard Goldsmith, born 31 Dec 1825; Martha Goldsmith born 16 March 1828; and James George Goldsmith born 11 May 1830 (died 1830). Martha and Richard came back to England - Martha can be found in the 1851 census and in the 1861 census she had married. Richard is in the 1841 census, but not  living with Job and Catherine and Job's daughters. He was probably working nearby being nearly 16 years old.

In 1851 and 1861 Job's birthplace was listed as Cranbrook, Kent. Since Cranbrook is approximately 15 miles from Leigh, and his mother could have travelled that far to be with a sister to have her last child, Cranbrook was thoroughly searched for Job's christening with no results.

Job was an agricultural laborer. He and Catherine did not have children. Job died in 1868 in East Peckham and in 1871 Catherine was living in an almshouse in East Peckham.

The death record of Catherine Goldsmith Nye reads as follows:
Catherine Nye nee Goldsmith died 18th Feb in Tonbrige workhouse aged 75 widow of Job Nye farm labourer died of senile decay Richard Goldsmith son in attendance Golden Green Hadlow

Elizabeth Nye Goldsmith
Job's daughter Elizabeth Nye married Catherine's son Richard Goldsmith on 28 November 1852 in East Peckham, Kent (about 5 miles from Tonbridge). Richard was age 26, and Elizabeth was age 20.

Elizabeth Nye and Richard Goldsmith marriage record 28 Nov 1852

As shown in the above marriage record, their residence at the time of marriage was Hale Street. Elizabeth could not write, so she left her mark in the presence of Richard Humphrey and Mercy Humphrey maiden name Nye. Mercy left her mark as well.

Richard and Elizabeth were blessed with three sons and three daughters. As shown in the following death record, Richard Goldsmith died on 8 March 1884 of a strangulated hernia, age 59.

Richard Goldsmith death record 8 March 1854

After Richard died, Elizabeth married John Wallis, a shoemaker in 1885. They are shown in the 1891 Tonbridge census. John died in 1895 in Maidstone, Kent.  Elizabeth died in 1907 at Bartons Farm (information provided by Leonard Goldsmith).

Mercy Nye Humphrey

Mercy Nye married Richard Humphrey, as shown in the above marriage record for Elizabeth Nye and Richard Goldsmith.  Richard and Mercy were the parents of ten children.

For more details on the descendants of Job Nye and the Goldsmiths, see the Genealogy page.


  1. Exciting to find another maiden name to track a line through, huh? It sounds like you'll be needing to take another trip back to take more pictures of tombstones and towns. Fun! Oh, maybe I'll have my Kent ancestors tracked by then and I'll have to come back here with you!!

  2. hi catherine goldsmith was my 3rd g grandmother

  3. Hello anonymous - I hope you will get in touch with me directly, I would love to compare notes on Catherine Goldsmith.

    1. hi i have more nye;s in my ancestry. my great grand aunt eliza georgina barton b 1837 marr a phillip nye b 1840 in london they were marr 10 april 1864 there children were phillip b 1865 in london eliza laura b1867 minnie maria b 1867 ellen b1869 frederick b1870 albert b 1872 edithb1876 edward b 1879 beatrice 1880

    2. hi again i have richard and elizabeth nye marriage cert m nov 1852 at district church east peckam kent richard 26 eliza 20 residance at time of marriage hale street eliabeth could not write she left her mark in the presence of richard humphrey and mercy humphrey maiden name nye mercy left her mark as well

    3. james goldsmith and catherine as you know had 3 children richard b31 dec 1825 martha b 16march 1828 and james george goldsmith b 11th may1830 d 1830 martha also came back to england i found her in the 1851 census in the 1861 census she had married i found richard in the 1841 census catherine nye d cert died 1875 on the 18th feb in tonbrige workhouse she died of senile decay richard her son was in attendance of golden green hadlow kent

  4. Job Nye and Ann Rolf are my 3x g grand parents on the Humphrey side of the family.
    I also have Nye on my father's side (Slade) Elizabeth Nye married Thomas Brittian. 4x g grandparents