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Thomas Smith (1782-1863) and other Smiths from Hull, England

I am researching the family of the famous statistician Karl Pearson. His mother, Fanny Smith, came from Hull.

It is said that her father was Thomas Smith (1782-1863) who "After sinking his father's ship he left Hull and came to London as a Thames pilot." (UCL archives)

I believe that Fanny was from Sculcoates and may have married William Pearson there c. 1855.

Clearly Smith is not the easiest name to trace - can anyone advise please how best to trace details of Thomas Smith and his family?

Thanks

JOHN BIBBY (York)

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