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John Smith Findlay b.17-08-1841 Glasgow m.21-06-1870 Kennington d.07-01-1881 Callander 39y

After leaving Glasgow, John moved to Mellon Street, in Cripplegate, East London where he was working as a warehouseman in a wholesale drapery business in 1861.

In 1870 when John married Ellen Alexander Benet, daughter of Alexander Benet, in Kennington Surrey, he was a mercantile clerk. They lived initially on Bridge Road Marylebone, then later moved to 2 Alleyn Crescent, Dulwich. They never had children.

John was described as an Australian merchant living at Burnt-Ash Farm, Lee, Kent in the London Gazette publication (Nov 1872) of his father's sequestration, and as a merchant on his own death.

He died, of pneumonia, while visiting his mother at her house Dounmohr, in Callander, Scotland. Apparently just after having returned from Australia, according to a death notice in the Hull Packet, where his brother Charles had recently been editor.

The London Gazette advertisement by his executors, dated 19th February 1881, mentioned that he was of London then of Sydney New South Wales.

Ellen stayed on at Alleyn Crescent until she married an Oxford student, the Rev Richard William Free, in Jan 1892 in South Dulwich. They moved to St Clements Vicarage, on Crabtree Lane in Fulham, where Ellen died on 31-03-1928.