Emma Miller1

#135, (circa September 1844-13 September 1913)
FatherRobert T. Miller1 (1805-14 Jun 1874)
MotherMary Fairclough1 (c 1812-7 Sep 1869)
Emma Miller
(Source: M. Willson Collection)
Emma Miller c1886
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Emma Miller was born circa September 1844 at Preston, Lancashire.2,1,3 She was the daughter of Robert T. Miller and Mary Fairclough.1 Emma Miller was baptized at St. John on Friday, 4 October 1844 at Preston, Lancashire.1 She presumably lived with her parents at 135 North Road, Preston, Lancashire, circa October 1850.4

She was recorded as living with her parents and siblings Ann, Lizzie, Frederick and Patty in the 1851 census at 13 Great Shaw Street, Preston, Lancashire. She was recorded as being 8 years old.5

She resided in the 1861 census at 58 King William Street, Blackburn, Lancashire. Emma was not living with family in the 1861 census. Instead she was recorded as a servant in a large building with other workers in the garment trade.6 She was a milliner.6

During hard times the Miller family was a support to Cuerden Mill, especially with its school in January 1863:
"The relief generally is administered under the superintendence of Mr. Daniel Arkwright, manufacturer, of Preston, who from the first, and in consequence of his business connection with Cuerden Mill, has taken a very active and laudable part in attending to the wants of the operatives, and in carrying out the liberal measures proposed by the Messrs. Dewhurst. Mr. Robert Miller, manager at the mill, also labours most assiduously in supervising and directing the relief administered. But this is not all. About two months ago this firm decided to open an industrial school in one of the rooms of their mill-in the cloth warehouse, a light, well-ventilated place to the north-east of the establishment. It is supported by the Messrs. Dewhurst and Mr. R. Townley Parker, of Cuerden Hall. The former admit a number of their own hands; the latter gentleman, by his contributions, makes provision for several females residing more immediately in his own neighbourhood. The school is open four days a week - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - from nine till twelve, and from one till four. The average daily attendance is 150. Each of the temales receives 6d per day, or 2s. per week. They make shirts, chemises, petticoats, &c, for the Bamber Bridge Relief Committee. Mrs. Miller, the Misses Miller, of Cuerden, Miss Wignall, of Bamber Bridge Parsonage, and Miss Barton visit and superintend the school. When we visited it, all the females were at work. A more cheerful, busy, or contented place we never saw. No traces of distress were visible here. All were sewing away pleasantly, and everything seemed to be going on merrily. The girls were scrupulously clean, and a more rosi-faced, neatly-dressed class of females we hardly ever beheld."7


Emma lived on 6 May 1868 at Bradshawgate, Lancashire.8

She married James Child Breach, son of James Breach and Mary Child, at St. Peter's on Wednesday, 6 May 1868 at Bolton, Lancashire. Witnesses to the wedding were Ann Jane Miller.8

Her mother died 7 September 1869 at the approximate age of 58 years. Emma was aged about 25 when this happened.9 Emma lived circa 1870 at Miller Park, Preston, Lancashire.10

Emma Breach was recorded as the spouse of James Child Breach in the 1871 census at 25 Hulton St., Moss Side, Manchester. She was recorded as being 26 years old. Also in the house was their son Charles, just 2 years old.11

Her father died 14 June 1874.12 A photograph was taken of the Breach family circa 1880 in Sale.
the Breach family
from left unknown, unknown, Percy (Harold Percy), Emma, Leonard, unknown, James Breach (?), Charlie, James Breach (?)
(source: M. Willson)


She was recorded as head of household in the 1881 census and children living at Marlborough Road "Woodstock", Sale, Cheshire. Emma's husband James was not recorded in the household at census time. Her age was recorded as 35 years, and her sister was also living with them as well as a niece.13 At least two photographs were taken of the Miller sisters, perhaps for Patty before she left for the colonies, never to return. Eliza gave an unknown person a leather-bound photograph album engraved with the date 3 November 1885 - the album still exists with many photographs from this period.
The Miller sisters (from left) - Lizzie Jamieson, Emma Breach, Patty Darby, Jennie Miller and (seated) sister-in-law Nellie(?) Miller, wife of Frederick. Probably taken as a final memento before the departure of Patty for South Australia in December 1885
(source: M. Willson)


Emma Breach was recorded as the spouse of James Child Breach in the 1891 census at Breadstone Hall, Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire. She was recorded as being 46 years years old, and she lived with her husband, five of their children and servant..3

On 23 January 1894 her son James died at the age of 19 at the approximate age of nineteen years old in Switzerland.

Emma Breach was recorded as the spouse of James Child Breach in the 1901 census at 2 Cumberland Road, Southport, Lancashire. She was recorded as being 56 years old.. Their son Charles was also living with them.14

Emma Miller was recorded as the spouse of James Child Breach in the 1911 census at 13 Bushell Place, Preston, Lancashire. She was recorded as being 66 years old. Also living in the house was their daughter Ida and a servant.15

Emma died on 13 September 1913 at "Ellerside", Southport, Lancashire.16,10

Patty arranged a newspaper a memorial to her sister Emma on 15 September 1914:
"BREACH.-In fond memory of Emma, beloved wife of J. C. Breach, Southport, third daughter of the late R. T. Miller, manufacturer, Preston, England.

Oh, not forgotten, but passed before,
Where love is perfect and rest is sure.


-Inserted by her loving sister M. A. Darby. Holmesdale. Mylor. Will "Preston Guardian" please COPY?"17

Children of Emma Miller and James Child Breach

Children
Last Edited20 Jun 2014
ChartsFairclough Family - descendants

Citations

  1. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, 1842 - 1845, Page 347, Entry 2771.
  2. [S507] Website FreeBMD (http://www.freebmd.org.uk/) Preston Registration District, 1844, Sep Qtr., Vol.21, p.652.
  3. [S391] National Census for England, 1891 (online image) District of Stockport, sub-district of Heaton Norris, civil parish of Reddish, peice 2795, folio 136 p.33.
  4. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births 1850, Preston district, Preston sub-district, No.499.
  5. [S392] National Census for England, 1851 (online image) Parish of Preston, Ecclesiastical District of Holy Trinity Church, Borough of Preston p.488.
  6. [S398] National Census for England, 1861 (online image) Class: RG 9; Piece: 3098; Folio: 67; Page: 12; GSU roll: 543078 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/View.aspx).
  7. [S538] The Preston Chronicle, 'The Distress' 24 Jan 1863 p.6.
  8. [S454] Parish Registers - St. Peter's Bolton, Marriages 1865 - 1869, Page 183, Entry 365.
  9. [S400] General Register Office, England - Death Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths Chorlton Registration District, 1869, Sep Qtr., Vol.8c, p.460.
  10. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 22 Oct 1913 p.14 Death Notices.
  11. [S412] National Census for England, 1871 (online image) District of Chorlton, sub-district of Hulme, civil parish of Moss Side peice 4007 folio 62 p.24.
  12. [S400] General Register Office, England - Death Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths Preston Registration District, 1874, Jun Qtr., Vol.8e, p.442.
  13. [S393] National Census for England, 1881 (online image) District and sub-district of Altrincham, peice 3506 folio 115 p.26.
  14. [S394] National Census for England, 1901 (online image) District of Ormskirk, sub-district of North Meols, peice 3538 folio 139 p.23.
  15. [S539] National Census for England, 1911 (online image) Class: RG14; Piece: 25323.
  16. [S400] General Register Office, England - Death Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths Sep Qtr, Ormskirk, Vol. 8b page 1002.
  17. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1914 'Family Notices.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 15 September, p. 6, viewed 17 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6432402
  18. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 13 Apr 1894 p.4 Death Notices.
  19. [S391] National Census for England, 1891 (online image) District of Stockport, sub-district of Heaton Norris, civil parish of Reddish, peice 2795, folio 136 p.34.