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.


3 thoughts on “William Smeed (1791 – 1880)

  1. Hello, we own Hoskyns Farm in East Grinstead, previously Hoskins Farm and a family home of the Smeeds about 100 years ago. We are researching the history of the house. If you have any photos of the house you would be willing to share we would appreciate it.

    • So good to hear from you. My grandfather, Charles Smeed 3, was born at Hoskins Farm in 1890. It was then the home of his grandparents, Charles Smeed 1 and Ellen Lindfield Smeed. The only photos that I have of the house are from a local newspaper story from the 1970s or 1980s.
      The photo in an earlier post of Charles 1 on his horse was probably taken at Hoskins.
      My mother told me the story told by her father, Charles 3, that his grandmother, Ellen, would sit behind a screen to eat while her husband would eat at a table with the hired hands.

      • I am so sorry I never responded to your reply. Please forgive my rudeness. We have owned Hoskins for about 10 years and carried out some significant renovations. We currently live in Houston Texas and Hoskins Farm is rented out for the near term. We are researching the history of the house which is a slow process, but would be happy to share our results when we have some.

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