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Hannah Waldo Smith Astley
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Birth: unknown, England
Death: Oct., 1843
Greater London, England

widow of John Astley. Her father Adam Smith was an actor and singer as was her mother who was formerly Miss Hester Spencer. After her father died ca 1778 her mother married a Mr Woodham.

Hannah is known to have performed with the Astleys as early as 1791 in Dublin. She and John were married in January 1801. Her husband wrote melodramas so that she could act as well as ride in their performances.

Her mother died On September 2, 1803 when the theatre caught fire. She went back to save the day's recipts. She was buried on September 5th.

Hannah's husband was a noted horse rider. He took over managemnt of the Astley amplitheatres in England, Ireland and France. In 1821 her husband became ill and like his father went to their Paris home upon a doctor's advice where he died in the same bed and room as his father had in 1814.

She returned to England and inherited part of her father in laws estate which he had set up in case her husband died earlier than her. Her husband added to that.

House of Commons Michaelmas general session for Surrey/Hannah license to keep the Royal Amphitheater Westminster Bride Road in St Mary's Parish Lambeth with other owners

In her will she left 50 pounds to an ayslum for aged Masons.

At the time of her death she lived at 1 York Place, Cumberwell, New Road. Buried on October 5, 1843

National Archives/chancery proceedings/1870 cause 1870 A80 In the matter of the trusts and wills of Hannah Waldo Astley, in the favor of the children of Joseph and Mary Towne. Summons issued to defendants James Hughes and William Tiffin Illiff. 
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  John Philip Conway Astley (1767 - 1821)*
*Calculated relationship
West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium
West Norwood
London Borough of Lambeth
Greater London, England
Created by: Ash Montagu
Record added: Feb 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85599078
Hannah Waldo <i>Smith</i> Astley
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 Added: Jan. 9, 2013

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