The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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Audrey Madelaine Smeed (1888 – 1970)

Audrey Madelaine Smeed was born in East Grinstead, Sussex on 23 June 1888 and died in Dormansland, Surrey on 27 October 1970. She was the eldest of the seven children of Charles Smeed 2 and Ann Maria Burt.

The 1891 census shows Audrey living with her parents at Blackwell Farm, East Grinstead. In 1901 the family had grown and Audrey lived in Burstow, Surrey with her parents, one of her brothers and two sisters. By 1911 the family of parents and all seven children lived at Newchapel, Surrey where Charles was a gamekeeper.

After Charles retired he and his wife lived at Orchard Cottage, Dormansland, Surrey. As the only daughter who never married, Audrey lived most of her life with her parents. After their deaths in the early 1940s Audrey remained at Orchard Cottage on her own. She was later joined there by her brother, Percy. Their sister, Doris, also resided with them from time to time.

Percy died in 1969 and Audrey passed away on 27 October 1970 at the age of eighty-two.

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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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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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Two January Weddings

Two Weddings on This Day in History

Charles Smeed (1865-1942) and Ann Maria Burt (1866-1943) were married on 12 January 1887 at St. Swithun’s Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex.

Their son, Charles Smeed (1890-1979) and Frances Maud Tester (1893-1965) were married on 12 January 1918 at Horne Parish Church, Newchapel, Surrey.

Charles Smeed and Ann Maria Burt Smeed

Charles Smeed and Ann Maria Burt Smeed

Charles Smeed and Frances Maud Tester Smeed

Charles Smeed and Frances Maud Tester Smeed

 

 


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Family Memorabilia

Thimble with Ivory Case – Ann Maria Burt Smeed

The thimble pictured here belonged to Ann Maria Burt Smeed, my mother’s beloved Granny Smeed. I am now the custodian of this family memento. The thimble is stored in a tiny ivory case with a screw top. I don’t know the age of this thimble and case but Granny Smeed died in 1943 and the case shows sufficient wear to indicate that she owned and used it for many years.

Thimble and Ivory Case