Harriet Burt was born in Lamberhurst, Sussex on 10 June 1852. She was the fourth child of James Burt and Mary Bailey. Harriet had ten sisters and three brothers. At a fairly early age she was out to work in service.
The 1871 census finds Harriet at Dungarvon House, Brenchley, Kent working as a kitchen maid for a wealthy widow. By 1881, Harriet had been promoted to cook at the same residence. Her younger sister, Louisa, was the new kitchen maid. In 1891 Harriet was a boarder at the home of Susan Pugh in Tunbridge, Kent. Miss Pugh was the retired housekeeper from Dungarvon House. Both Harriet and Susan are described as “living on their own means”. Possibly their previous employer had provided for them in her will as a reward for long service.
In 1899, at the age of forty-seven, Harriet married Edwin Price, a widower from Shropshire. A supposition is that they were introduced by Miss Pugh who was also from Shropshire. In the 1901 and 1902 census, the couple lived in Wolverley, Worcestershire. Harriet died at this location in late 1918 at the age of sixty-six.
Harriet’s connection to our Milne/Smeed family tree is her younger sister Ann Maria Burt who married Charles Smeed 2 in 1887.