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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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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Happy 21st Birthday!

Happy 21st birthday to Tom Tester, born 15 April 1996. Proud parents are Tony and Marie.

Tom shares his name with his great great grandfather, Thomas Tester (1850 – 1916)     but he also shares his birthday with his great great great grandfather, Charles Smeed 1 (15 Apr 1833 – 21 Nov 1916).