Robert T. Miller1

#617, (1805-14 June 1874)
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Robert T. Miller was likely born in 1805 at Preston, Lancashire.

Robert lived in January 1835 at Cuerden, Preston, Lancashire.2

He married Mary Fairclough, at St. Andrew on Sunday, 4 January 1835 at Leyland, Lancashire.3,2,4,5 Robert T. Miller was a bookkeeper on 3 May 1835.6 Robert (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived on 3 May 1835 at Hopwood Street, Preston, Lancashire.6 Robert (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived in June 1836 at Brook Street, Preston, Lancashire.7 Robert T. Miller was an overlooker, and remained one for the next ten years. There was also another overlooker called Robert Miller in the same area who worked for Thomas Miller Esq. on 19 June 1836.8,9 Robert (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived on 31 December 1837 at St. Peters Square, Preston, Lancashire.7 Robert (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived on 21 February 1840 at Sleddon Street, Preston, Lancashire.7

He was recorded as head of household in the 1841 census with Mary Fairclough (which other records indicate is his spouse) at Preston, Lancashire. The 1841 census only recorded adult ages rounded down to the nearest 5 years; his approximate age was recorded as 30 years old. Also in the household were his two young daughters.10 His occupation was recorded as being a cotton mill manager in the census.10 Robert (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived on 4 October 1844 at North Road, Preston, Lancashire.11
St. John's Preston. This church was the site of many events in the Miller family.
(source: Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Old_St_John's_Church,_Preston.jpg)
Robert T. Miller was an 'overlooker of weavers' in July 1846.12 Robert (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived circa October 1850 at 135 North Road, Preston, Lancashire.13 Robert and Mary Fairclough became the parents of Martha Alice Miller on Sunday, 3 November 1850 at Preston, Lancashire. She was reportedly born at 2:30am.14,13

He was recorded as head of household in the 1851 census with Mary Miller as his spouse at 13 Great Shaw Street, Preston, Lancashire. Also in the household were five of their children.15 Robert lived on 23 May 1857 at Mill Bank, Preston, Lancashire.16 He was a manager on 23 May 1857.16 At one time (most likely later than this), Cuerden Mill claimed to have the biggest spinning floor in the world. It was owned by G. R. Dewhurst.17 He was was manager of Cuerdon Mill employing about 800 operatives. in January 1863 at Cuerden, Preston, Lancashire.18

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."18



During the 'distress' it was thought that they responded very liberally, providing 37 cottages for which they did not seek the rents for more than a year. They also distributed coal and food to all of their operatives including bread and soup, scouse, bacon and potatoes. Some were apparently loaned money.19,20 Robert and Mary lived in May 1865 at Cuerden Cottage, Cuerden, Lancashire.21,22 Robert T. Miller was a manager of a cotton mill in September 1869.23 Robert and Mary lived in September 1869 at Hulme, Manchester.24 He witnessed his wife Mary Fairclough's death on 7 September 1869 at 35 Fenwick street, Hulme, Manchester.23,24

His wife Mary died 7 September 1869 at the aproximate age of 58 years, leaving him a widower.23

He was recorded as head of household in the 1871 census at 20 Fylde Street, Preston, Lancashire. He was recorded as living with his daughter Ann.25 His occupation was recorded as being a cotton overlooker in the census.25 Robert lived circa 1872 at The Poplars, Preston Lane, Preston, Lancashire.1

Robert likely died on 14 June 1874 at Goosnargh Hospital, Goosnargh, Lancashire, where he was described as an inmate. He died of hypertrophy of the heart and chronic angina pectoris, which had been going on for a week.26,27,28 He was buried on 17 June 1874 at St. Mary the Virgin, Goosnargh, Lancashire.29 He was a cotton manufacturer and cotton mill manager.30 He was thought of as an industrialist after his death.31

Children of Robert T. Miller and Mary Fairclough

Children
Last Edited28 Nov 2014

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1805Birth-LikelyPreston, Lancashire
1835ResidenceCuerden, Preston, Lancashire2
1835MarriageSt. Andrew, Leyland, Lancashire3,2,4,5
1835Occupation6
1835ResidenceHopwood Street, Preston, Lancashire6
1836ResidenceBrook Street, Preston, Lancashire7
1836Occupation8,9
1837Occupation-hide32
1837ResidenceSt. Peters Square, Preston, Lancashire7
1840Occupation-hide7
1840ResidenceSleddon Street, Preston, Lancashire7
1841Census (Eng) 1841Preston, Lancashire10
1841Occupation10
1844Occupation-hide11
1844ResidenceNorth Road, Preston, Lancashire11
1846Residence-hidePreston, Lancashire12
1846Occupation12
1846Occupation-hide33
1846Residence-hidePreston, Lancashire33
c 1850Residence135 North Road, Preston, Lancashire13
c 1850Occupation-hidePreston, Lancashire13
1851Census (Eng) 185113 Great Shaw Street, Preston, Lancashire15
1857ResidenceMill Bank, Preston, Lancashire16
1857Occupation16
Occupation-hide34
1863OccupationCuerden, Preston, Lancashire18
1863Quotation type 218
1865ResidenceCuerden Cottage, Cuerden, Lancashire21,22
1867Occupation-hide
1868Occupation-hide35
1869Occupation23
1869ResidenceHulme, Manchester24
1871Census (Eng) 187120 Fylde Street, Preston, Lancashire25
1871Occupation25
c 1872ResidenceThe Poplars, Preston Lane, Preston, Lancashire1
1874Death-LikelyGoosnargh Hospital, Goosnargh, Lancashire26,27,28
1874BurialSt. Mary the Virgin, Goosnargh, Lancashire29
Occupation30
ChartsFairclough Family - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors

Citations

  1. [S458] The Register (Adelaide), 22 Aug. 1902 p.4.
  2. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, Marriages 1834 - 1837, Page 41, Entry 122, LDS film 93953.
  3. [S776] Leyland Parish Registers - St. Andrew, Register: Banns 1832 - 1849, Page 55, Entry 273; Source: LDS Film 93953.
  4. [S833] Website Boyd's Marriage Index 1538-1840 Transcription (www.findmypast.com) Marriage year: 1835; Place: Leyland; County: Lancashire; Country: England.
  5. [S242] General Register Office, England - Marriage Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births 1850 Preston district, Preston sub-district No. 499.
  6. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, Baptisms 1832 - 1836, Page 348.
  7. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, 1838 - 1840, Page 244, Entry 1951.
  8. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, Baptisms 1836 - 1838, Page 27, Entry 210.
  9. [S538] The Preston Chronicle, 'Deaths' 20 Mar 1858 p.5.
  10. [S397] National Census for England, 1841 (online image) Class: HO107; Piece: 499; Book: 11; Civil Parish: Preston; County: Lancashire; Enumeration District: 41; Folio: 31; Page: 17; Line: 1; GSU roll: 306888. (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/View.aspx).
  11. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, 1842 - 1845, Page 347, Entry 2771.
  12. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births Preston Registration District, 1846, Sep Qtr., Vol.21, p.638.
  13. [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.
  14. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, Batch/Film C007135 Serial/Sheet 5593.
  15. [S392] National Census for England, 1851 (online image) Parish of Preston, Ecclesiastical District of Holy Trinity Church, Borough of Preston p.488.
  16. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, Baptisms 1815 - 1900, Page 199, Entry 1592.
  17. [S788] Dr. David Hunt, The Victorians: Directory of the Cotton Mills of South Ribble
    p.4.
  18. [S538] The Preston Chronicle, 'The Distress' 24 Jan 1863 p.6.
  19. [S825] The Oxford Times, Saturday 31 January 1863 p.6.
  20. [S826] The Morpeth Herald, Saturday 08 November 1862 p.6.
  21. [S242] General Register Office, England - Marriage Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births Jun Qtr.1865, Manchester Vol.8e, p.512.
  22. [S824] The Blackburn Standard, Wednesday 17 May 1865 p.3.
  23. [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.
  24. [S538] The Preston Chronicle, 'Deaths' 25 Sep 1869 p.5.
  25. [S412] National Census for England, 1871 (online image) District of Preston, Ward of St. George p.6.
  26. [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.
  27. [S456] Parish Registers - St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England) Goosnargh, Burials 1867 - 1926, Page 20, Entry 157; LDS Film 1470931.
  28. [S538] The Preston Chronicle, Saturday 20 June 1874 p.5.
  29. [S456] Parish Registers - St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England) Goosnargh, Register: Burials 1867 - 1926, Page 20, Entry 157 Source: LDS Film 1470931.
  30. [S400] General Register Office, England - Death Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths June Qtr, Preston, Vol. 8e page 442.
  31. [S242] General Register Office, England - Marriage Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births 1875 Vol 8a Entry 314.
  32. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, 1836 - 1838, Page 254, Entry 2031.
  33. [S246] Preston Parish Registers - St. John, Baptisms 1845 - 1847, Page 285, Entry 2278.
  34. [S398] National Census for England, 1861 (online image) Civil Parish of Cuerden, Registration district Chorley, sub district Leland, peice 3117 folio 93 p.26.
  35. [S454] Parish Registers - St. Peter's Bolton, Marriages 1865 - 1869, Page 183, Entry 365.