The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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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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Father and Son Birthdays

Robert James Milne was born on 8 December 1872 at Harper’s Corners, Flamborough Township, Wentworth County. On his twenty-seventh birthday, 8 December 1899, his first child, William John Milne, was born in Wallace Township, Perth County to Rob and his wife, Ida Hewitt Milne.

Robert James Milne

Robert James Milne

William John Milne

William John Milne


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Robert Milne and Ida Hewitt

Robert James Milne (1872 – 1939) and Ida Hewitt (1877 – 1917) were married at Brussels, Huron County, Ontario on March 8, 1899.

Robert was the son of William Milne and Catherine Johnson. Ida was the daughter of John Hewitt and Elizabeth Collins.

The couple resided in Grey Township, Huron County and then Elma Township, Perth County. They had four sons and two daughters before Ida died at the early age of forty.

Rob & Ida - Wedding Day

Rob & Ida – Wedding Day


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Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed Knowles

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed was born on 16 August 1921 in Dormansland, Surrey, England. She was the daughter of Charles Smeed 3rd and Frances Tester Smeed. Phyllis married Harold Knowles on 19 July 1941 in Dormansland.

Phyllis came to St. Thomas, Ontario with her two young daughters, Mary and Betty, in 1946 as a war bride. Two sons, Bill and John, were born once Phyllis and Harold were in Canada.

Phyllis died on 15 June 1995 in St. Thomas.

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed