Charlotte Turner Smith (née Turner)

1749 - 1806


Poet and novelist, with an entry in the ODNB. The Letters of Charlotte Smith detail her entanglement in slavery and her financial struggles in the face of the behaviour of her husband Benjamin Smith, a West India merchant, son and partner of Richard Smith of Islington (q.v.). The Barbados estates in which her husband invested trust money under the will of his father Richard Smith of Islington included one named Gay's, sold in 1800 to William Prescod (q.v.). To date LBS has not traced this estate further.


Sarah M. Zimmerman, ‘Smith , Charlotte (1749–1806)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 [, accessed 7 Oct 2016]; Judith Phiillps Stanton (ed.) The Letters of Charlotte Smith (Indiana, 2003); Ronald Hughes shows Gay's in St Peter/St Andrew owned by George Walker in 1753; Earl of Egremont (a trustee of Richard Smith of Islington) in 1801; William Prescod in 1802; and Joseph King in 1806, after which the estate disappears.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Benjamin Smith
Oxford DNB Entry

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Prints, Drawings & Paintings
Portrait of Mrs. Charlotte Smith, Poet and Novelist, b. 1749, d. 1806; From a picture by John Opie, R.A.; A bust, three-quarters of the face turned to the right, in a small oval; Print on paper; By... 
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Historical (1)

The Letters of Charlotte... 2003 

Relationships (4)

Daughter-in-law → Father-in-law
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Aunt → Nephew
Aunt → Niece