The Milne/Smeed Connection

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Seventy-five Years Ago

Thinking of my Mum and Dad on the seventy-fifth anniversary of their wedding. The ceremony took place at St. John’s Church, Dormansland, Surrey on 14 November 1942.

Charlie & Bet - Wedding Day

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A Marriage at Black’s Tavern

William Milne and Catherine Johnson were married on October 3, 1871.

According to the marriage registration, Billy and Catherine were married at Black’s Tavern, Flamborough West Township, Wentworth County. The tavern was owned by Joseph Black, the father-in-law of Billy’s brother, Charles.

William was the son of Charles Milne and Elspet Ross. Catherine was the daughter of William Johnson and Rebecca Cromer.

More detail about the lives of Billy and Catherine can be found on the Milne page of this website.


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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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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


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Frances Milne Petterson

Frances Elizabeth Milne was born on 27 May 1908 in Tenby Bay, St. Joseph’s Island, Ontario. She was the daughter of Robert Milne and Ida Hewitt Milne.

Frances married Gustaf Josef (Joe) Petterson on 5 July 1928 in Fort William, Ontario. Frances and Joe had three sons and three daughters. After living in northern Ontario for some years, the family moved to Oakville, Ontario.

Joe died in 1974 and some years later, Frances married Earl Atkinson who also predeceased her.

Frances died on 17 June 2003 at the age of ninety-five.