Smith was born in Broadway around 1844. He followed his father Henry's
profession of Brazier and Tin Plate worker, which, obviously, suggests
metal working of some description.
At the age of thirty-nine, in 1883, Christopher married a widow, Mary
Ann Fridlington, born in Hempton, Oxfordshire. At the 1881 census she
was living in Church Street, Broadway. Mary already had had seven children
when she married Christopher, and then went on to have three more. Mary's
son William appears to have taken the name 'Smith' by the time of the
Christopher died in the summer of 1899, at the age of fifty-six.
On the 1911 census Mary Ann is shown as a boarding house keeper in High
Street Broadway living with two unmarried daughters.