The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present

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Catherine Rubina Milne

Catherine Rubina Milne was born on 27 June 1909 in Elma Township, Perth County, Ontario.

In 1924, Catherine moved to Texas, USA with her parents, Charles Alexander Milne and Elizabeth Pollock. The family was accompanied by Charles and Elizabeth’s niece, Dorothy Milne, who had been informally adopted by them.

Catherine married Louis Willis Barnett in 1927. The couple had three sons. Louis and two of their sons predeceased Catherine.

Catherine died on 4 May 1981 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. She is buried at Bundick Cemetery, Smiley, Texas.

Catherine Rubina Milne


Charles Smeed 1 (1833-1916)

Charles Smeed 1 was born on 15 April 1833 at Brooklands Farm, East Grinstead, Sussex. He was the son of William Smeed and Caroline Turner.

Charles married Ellen Lindfield in 1864. Until his retirement he was the farmer at Hoskins Farm, East Grinstead. He died in East Grinstead on 21 November 1916.

Charles Smeed 1


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Robert Milne and Ida Hewitt

Robert James Milne (1872 – 1939) and Ida Hewitt (1877 – 1917) were married at Brussels, Huron County, Ontario on March 8, 1899.

Robert was the son of William Milne and Catherine Johnson. Ida was the daughter of John Hewitt and Elizabeth Collins.

The couple resided in Grey Township, Huron County and then Elma Township, Perth County. They had four sons and two daughters before Ida died at the early age of forty.

Rob & Ida - Wedding Day

Rob & Ida – Wedding Day

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Arthur Charles Smeed

Arthur Charles Smeed was born on 4 January 1927 in Dormansland, Surrey, England.

He was the son of Charles Smeed and Frances Tester Smeed. He married Anita Zehbe on 24 July 1951 at St. John’s Church, Dormansland. He and Anita had two sons, Alan and Michael.

Arthur died on 18 February 2001.

Thinking of you today, Uncle Arthur.

Arthur Charles Smeed



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