The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


William Smeed (1791 – 1880)

William Smeed was born in early 1791 and baptized on 30 January 1791 in Otford, Kent, England. He was the son of Elizabeth Smeed.

William married Caroline Turner on 2 November 1814 in Withyham, Sussex. The couple had twelve children during a long life together.

He was the farmer at Brooklands Farm and then for many years the farmer at Fairlight Farm. Both of these farms are near East Grinstead, Sussex. William died at Fairlight Farm on 7 May 1880. He is buried beside Caroline at St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Cowden, Kent.


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Thomas Tester and Elizabeth Scott

Thomas Tester and Elizabeth Scott were married on 6 May 1876 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England. Thomas was the son of Sarah Tester and Elizabeth was the daughter of Harriet Scott.
Census records and the varied birthplaces of their twelve children show that they moved often within the county of Sussex. They had their share of tragedy as one daughter died at a very early age and their son, Arthur, was killed at the Somme in 1916.
Thomas died in 1916 and Elizabeth died in 1919.

Elizabeth Scott Tester

Elizabeth Scott Tester

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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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