The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present

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Catherine Johnson Milne

Catherine Johnson Milne

Catherine Johnson was born in New York City on November 16, 1846.

She married William Milne at Black’s Tavern, Flamborough West Township, Wentworth County on October 3, 1871.

In the late 1870’s, William and Catherine moved first to Grey Township, Huron County and then to Elma Township, Perth County where they purchased land at West 1/2 Lot 1, Concession 7.

Billy and Catherine had four children. Mary Rebecca died before her second birthday and is buried at Millgrove Cemetery in Flamborough West. William Johnston (Willie) died at age eleven.

Robert James, the eldest of Billy and Catherine’s children, lived most of his adult life in Grey Township, Huron County and at the family farm in Elma. In the early 1920’s, Charles Alexander moved his family to Texas.

Catherine died on this day, October 31 in 1911 after a series of strokes. She and Billy are buried with their son, Willie, in Elma Centre Cemetery a short distance from their farm.

Catherine and Billy are my Great Grandparents.


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Dorothy Elizabeth Cole Milne

Dorothy Elizabeth Cole was born in Toronto on 16 September 1912.  On 22 November 1930, she married William John Milne and they made their home in Upsala before moving to Fort William in 1942.

The couple had four children,  James, Ida, William Jr. and Dorothy. Bill died in 1969 and Dorothy died in 2012 just a few months before her 100th birthday.

Dorothy as a child

Dorothy as a child

Dorothy Cole Milne

Dorothy at her 99th birthday

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Robert Jack Milne

Robert Jack Milne was born in Fort William, Ontario on 5 September 1932. He was the son of Robert Johnston Milne and Evelyn Mary Harris.

In 1958, Jack married Eleanor Veasey in Lafleche, Saskatchewan. The couple had two daughters, Roberta and Joy. They resided in Saskatchewan and then British Columbia.

The couple enjoyed many years together before both died in Richmond, B.C. – Eleanor in September 2005 and Jack in July 2006 .

Jack and Eleanor

Photo ca 1987


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