The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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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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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