The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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Alice Maud Stone Meadmore

Alice Maud Stone (1899 – 1943), the daughter of Pharoah Stone and Emily Frances Burt was born October 28, 1899 in Lingfield, Surrey. Alice married Joseph Lewis Meadmore in Dormansland, Surrey on 29 November 1930.

In the late afternoon of 9 July 1943, a lone German bomber returning to the coast after a raid on London dropped several bombs on the town of East Grinstead, Sussex. The bombs killed 108 people, many of them children who were watching a matinee at the Whitehall Cinema. At least 235 people were injured.

Alice was among the fatalities in one of the shops that was destroyed. She was buried in Dormansland and is commemorated on a plaque in St. John’s Church, Dormansland.

Alice Maud Stone Meadmore


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Happy Canada Day!

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation I have given some thought to my direct ancestors and their families who were present in Canada on 1 July 1867. They lived on farms or in small communities and I don’t know how or if they marked that historic day.

Those early settlers were:

William Collins (1799 – 1881) and Jean Anderson Collins (1798 – 1850) emigrated from Renfrewshire, Scotland ca 1826 and settled in Oxford County and then Waterloo County.

George Hewitt (1805 – 1893) and Mary Clements Hewitt (1807 – 1896) left Norfolk County, England in 1836 and settled in Oxford County the year before the Rebellions of 1837.

John Hewitt (1833 – 1911) left Norfolk with his parents in 1836 and married Elizabeth Collins (1835 – 1881) who was born in Waterloo County.

Charles Milne (1807 – 1856) and Elspet Ross Milne (1808 – 1897) arrived in Wentworth County from Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1846.

Rebecca Cromer Johnson McArthur (1807 – 1902) was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, emigrated to New York City and came to Wentworth County as a widow ca 1850 with two young daughters.

William Milne (1850 – 1932) was born in Dundas, Ontario and married Catherine Johnson (1846 – 1911) who was born in New York City, NY and arrived in 1850 with her mother and sister.

 


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A June Wedding

My 5th great grandparents, Thomas Lindfield (1762 – 1841) and Sarah Scrase (1766 – 1830) were married at St. Cosmas and St. Damian Parish Church, Keymer, Sussex on 16 June 1785.

The couple had several children including their son, William Lindfield (1788 – 1862) who was my 4th great grandfather.

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Harriet Burt Price

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.

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Agnes Rebecca McArthur Quillman

Agnes Rebecca McArthur was born on 4 June 1851 in Ontario. She was the daughter of Daniel McArthur and Rebecca Cromer Johnson. Agnes had two half-sisters, Mary Elizabeth Johnson Wallis and Catherine Johnson Milne.

Agnes married Henry Quillman ca 1871. The couple had four sons and one daughter. They resided for many years on their farm in Flamborough West, Wentworth County.

Henry died in 1914. Agnes died on 27 August 1933 in Flamborough West. They are buried at Crown Cemetery, Morriston, Wellington County which is a short distance from their farm.

Agnes Rebecca McArthur Quillman


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William Milne 1850 – 1932

William Milne, who died on this day in 1932, was the seventh child of Charles Milne and Elspet Ross. He was born at Dundas, Ontario on March 6, 1850. He was always called Billy by family and friends and was said to be extremely stubborn.

Billy married Catherine Johnson 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.

Only two of Billy and Catherine’s four children lived to adulthood. Mary Rebecca and William Johnston (Willie) died in childhood.  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 October 31, 1911 after a series of strokes. Billy died on May 30, 1932. Both are buried with their son, Willie, in Elma Centre Cemetery a short distance from their farm.

William (Billy) Milne