ROBERT MAPLESTONE MILLER

 

Mayor 1887 – 1888.

 

Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

Robert was elected to the Council in 1877 as one of the representatives of the Middle Ward.

 

Born: 1830, Ipswich.

 

Father: Robert Miller, born 1790, Ipswich. Robert was a wine merchant – own account. In 1862, Robert purchased the business of Mr. Charles Silburn, of Bank Buildings, 11, Tavern Street, Ipswich, an Italian Warehouse, a tea dealer, grocer, and wine merchant dealing in Foreign and British Wines and twice every week Charles had direct supplies of Cambridge Cream Cheese for his customers. In October 1862, Charles Silburn sold by auction all the remaining parts of his household. In July 1864, Robert Miller and Son, closed their shop in Tavern Street (late of C. Silburn’s) and solicited via the local newspaper a continuance of their customers’ patronage at the Old Butter Market establishment, which was under alteration and enlargement to afford increased facilities for carrying on their entire business. Robert and his son’s business was known under the title ‘Robert Miller and Son’ – Family Grocer, and Italian Warehouseman, of Old Butter Market, Ipswich. Robert Miller was on the 1st November 1843, elected one of the councillors of the Middle Ward. His term of office extended to November 1846, but he did not then or subsequently seek re-election. Robert Miller died 6th February 1874, at his residence, 9, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

 

Mother: Marianne Miller (nee Maplestone), born 1807, Beccles, Suffolk – daughter of Charles Maplestone, a merchant and Mary Ann Maplestone (nee Calver), of Beccles. Marianne Miller died 24th April 1905, at her residence 53, Fonnereau Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich. Laid to rest 28th April 1905, at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

FUNERAL OF MRS. MARIANNE MILLER

The funeral took place on Friday, 28th April 1905, of one of the borough’s oldest inhabitants, Mrs. Marianne Miller, of 53, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich. Marianne was in her 99th year and still retained all her faculties up to the last. Of Marianne’s 10 children – 6 were still living; of her 47 grandchildren – 35 were living; while of her 27 great-grandchildren – 24 were living. The simple funeral service was conducted by the Vicar of St. Margaret’s Church, the Reverend Henry Drummond Williamson, the ante-grave service being read in the Cemetery Chapel. Evening Star – Saturday, 29th April 1905

 

Siblings:

Marianne Miller, born 1827, Ipswich, baptised 18th November 1827 at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich. On the 28th April 1852, at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich, Marianne married Charles Keer Cordy, born 1824, Cretingham, Suffolk, a farmer of 380 acres, at Searsons and Scogg Farm, Trimley St. Mary, Suffolk – employing 13 men and 5 boys. Charles Cordy died 9th April 1897, at 53, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, the residence of his mother-in-law. Marianne Cordy died 29th November 1923, of Tregaron House, 70, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

 

Maria Maronorice Miller, born 1831, Ipswich, baptised 24th November 1831 at St. Helen’s, Ipswich. In 1857, Ipswich, Maria married Alexander Gray, born 1828, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. Maria and Alexander had 10 children. Alexander was an ironmonger. He worked with his father James Gray, in the company James founded in 1818. ‘James Gray & Son’ were furnishing ironmongers, they were able to supply the latest kitchen ranges, grates, fenders, fireirons, iron bedsteads to table cutlery, silver-plated spoons, and forks. James Gray retired in January 1864 and died in April 1873. The ironmongery company ‘James Gray & Son’ was fondly known as ‘Gray’s of Edinburgh,’ traded for 190 years’ before closing in March 2010. Alexander retired in 1888, and devoted all his spare time to work in connection with the Edinburgh School Board, which he entered. Alexander Gray died 30th December 1901, of 59, Dick Place, Edinburgh. Maria Gray died 18th February 1922, of 59, Dick Place, Edinburgh. Both were laid to rest at the Gray family grave at Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh.

 

John Charles Miller, born 1833, Ipswich, baptised 11th April 1833 at St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich. John was a wine merchant – own account. On the 24th April 1860, at St. Peter’s Church, Notting Hill, Middlesex, John married Frances Agnes Washbourne, born 1838, Newent, Gloucestershire, baptised 6th March 1838, Newent – daughter of Robert Washbourne, a surgeon in the service of the Honourable East India Company and Sarah Beale Washbourne (nee Hoolester). Robert died before the birth of Frances in December 1837, at Stroud, Gloucestershire. Stepfather William Hurley, a gentleman. Frances was given away by her paternal uncle Henry Washbourne, Esq., of Tudor Lodge, Kensington Park Gardens, London. Frances and John had 6 children, 3 survivied into adulthood. John Miller, a churchwarden at St. Nicholas Church, Elstree, died 22nd March 1895 at his residence Deacon’s Court, Barnet Lane, Elstree. Frances Miller died 1911, at her residence Deacon’s Court, Barnet Lane, Elstree.

 

George Miller, born 1839, Ipswich, baptised 15th August 1839, at St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich. George was a scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he took his degree with a second class in the Classical Tripos in 1862, proceeding to M.A. four years later. George was ordained in 1865, by Dr. John Jackson, Bishop of London. He served his curacy at St. John’s Church, Westminster, before becoming the Reverend of Holy Trinity Church, Vauxhall Bridge Road (also known as Holy Trinity Church, Bessborough Gardens), Westminster in 1870. On the 21st July 1875, at St. Stephen’s Church, Westminster, George married Elizabeth Maria Tennant, born 1st May 1845, Westminster, baptised 29th May 1845, at St. Stephen’s Church, Westminster, the Tennant family resided at 10, Dean’s Yard, Westminster – daughter of the Reverend William Tennant, M.A., of St. Stephen’s Church and Anne Tennant (nee Feetham), of Westminster. Elizabeth and George had seven children and made their home at Bessborough Gardens. After forty years of service, the Reverend George Miller retired as the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Westminster in 1910, and moved to reside at 97, St. George’s Square, Westminster. In April 1913, 74 year old George, of 97, St. George’s Square, Westminster embarked at the Port of Southampton to sail to New York, New York, U.S.A, with 70 year old Elizabeth, and two of their children – 30 year old Paul Tennant Miller and 25 year old Angela Tennant Miller, aboard the S.S. ‘Thames.’ Reverend George was described as 5ft 8ins in height, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and white hair. The Reverend George Miller died 15th July 1917, at 42, Belgrade Road, Eccleston Square, Pimlico, of 97, St. George’s Square, Westminster. Laid to rest 19th July 1917, as a 6th interment, opened to 9ft of a private grave at Brompton Cemetery. Elizabeth Miller died 7th April 1925, of 6, St. Augustine’s Mansions, Vincent Square, Westminster. Laid to rest 11th April 1925, as a 7th interment, opened to 7ft of a private grave at Brompton Cemetery.

 

Thomas Miller, born 21st June 1841, Ipswich, baptised 1st August 1841, at St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich. On the 25th May 1871, at Holy Trinity Church, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, 29 year old Thomas, a civil engineer, married 29 year old Ellen Pawsey, of The Ancient House, 30, Butter Market, Ipswich, born 1842, Ipswich – baptised 7th April 1842, at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich – daughter of Frederic Pawsey, a bookseller and Jane Pawsey (nee Ridley), of Ipswich and stepdaughter of James Haddock, a bookseller, printer and stationer – own account and Charlotte Haddock (nee Sweeting), of The Ancient House, 30, Butter Market, Ipswich. Thomas’s brother, the Reverend George Miller, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, conducted the ceremony. Thomas and Ellen had 6 children and made their family home at 4, Butter Market, Ipswich. Thomas was a civil engineer – own account. Ellen Miller died 9th January 1893, at her residence 4, Butter Market, Ipswich. On the 17th February 1897, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Shenfield, Essex, 55 year old Thomas married Caroline Anne Bruton Faning, born 1854, Helston, Cornwall – daughter of Roger Faning, a professor and teacher of music and Caroline Faning (nee Thurtell), of Christchurch Street, Ipswich. Caroline and Thomas made their home at ‘Fairfields’ Tuddenham Road, Ipswich. Caroline Miller died 10th June 1924, at her residence ‘Fairfields’ Tuddenham Road, Ipswich. Thomas Miller died 1st December 1928, at his residence ‘Fairfields’ Tuddenham Road, Ipswich.

 

Elizabeth Miller, 1843, Ipswich, baptised 13th July 1843 at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich. On the 4th October 1865, at St. Lawrence Church, Elizabeth married Frederick Fish, born 2nd June 1827, Romsey, Hampshire. The ceremony was conducted by her brother the Reverend George Miller, B.A., and assisted by the incumbent of the church, the Reverend John Cobbold Aldrich, M.A. Frederick was a linen draper and merchant – employing 46 men and boys and 46 women. He was described as a king amongst Ipswich businessmen. Frederick was the head of the firm Frederick Fish & Son, of Suffolk House, Tavern Street, Ipswich, his partner was his son from his first marriage, Frederick Jackson Fish. Frederick served as Mayor of Ipswich 1881 – 1882. Elizabeth and Frederick had 7 children. Frederick Fish died 5th April 1887 at his residence, Brook House, Whitton, Suffolk. Laid to rest at St. Mary and St. Botolph churchyard, Whitton. Elizabeth Fish died 15th November 1932, at 27, Ferncroft Avenue, Middlesex, of 146, Mill Lane, West Hampstead, Middlesex.

 

Edward Miller, born 1848, Ipswich, baptised 8th June 1848, at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich. In his 30’s Edward became a theological student at St. John’s Hall, College of Divinity, Highbury. On the 3rd May 1882, at St. John’s Church, Butley, Edward married Mary Amanda Wolton, born 1855, Kesgrave, Suffolk, christened 26th January 1855, Kesgrave – second daughter of Samuel Wolton, a farmer of 2,600 acres – employing 51 men and 23 boys and Anne Wolton (nee Cordy), of Butley Abbey, Butley, Suffolk. Mary and Edward had 6 children. As a Clerk in Holy Orders Edward and his family moved from Kempston, Bedfordshire, to Colchester, Essex, and to Wrabness, Essex. Edward Miller died 1921, Ipswich. Mary Miller died 28th January 1941, of Saint Andrews, Beacon Road, Herne Bay, Kent.

 

CENSUS

 

1841   Old Butter Market, St. Lawrence, Ipswich.

Robert was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 50, a Grocer.

Marianne, 35.

Marianne, 13.

Maria, 9.

John, 8.

George, 2.

1 visitor.

2 grocer assistants.

1 grocer apprentice.

1 female servant.

 

1851   Old Butter Market, St. Lawrence, Ipswich.

Robert was 21 years old, and an Assistant to his father. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 61, a Wine Merchant & Grocer – employer of 1 journeyman & 2 porters.

Marianne, 44.

Marianne, 23.

George, 11.

Thomas, 9.

Elizabeth, 7.

Edward, 2.

William Cordy, 16, an Apprentice, born Trimley St. Mary, Suffolk.

1 cook.

1 nursemaid.

1 housemaid.

 

1861   Old Butter Market, St. Lawrence, Ipswich.

Robert was 31 years old, a Wine & Spirit Merchant & Grocer – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Ellen, 31.

Ellen, 4.

Robert, 1.

2 grocer’s assistants.

2 grocer’s apprentices.

2 house servants.

 

1871   8, Butter Market, St. Lawrence, Ipswich.

Robert was 41 years old, a Wine Merchant & Grocer – employing 15 men and 2 boys. He was married and head of the household.

Ellen, 38.

Robert, 11.

2 general domestic servants.

 

1881   Highwood, Constitution Hill, Ipswich.

Robert was 51 years old, a Wine Merchant & Grocer – employing 17 men and 2 boys. He was married and head of the household.

Ellen, 48.

Robert, 21, a Wine Merchant’s Assistant.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

1891   Highwood, Constitution Hill, Ipswich.

Robert was 61 years old, a Justice of the Peace, a Wine Merchant – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Ellen, 58.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

1901   Highwood, Constitution Hill, Ipswich.

 

Robert was 71 years old, a Justice of the Peace, Wine Merchant – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Ellen, 68.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

On the 31st May 1855, at St. Mary’s Church, Trimley St. Mary, Suffolk, by the Hon. and Rev. John Horatio Nelson, Robert married Ellen Cordy, born 2nd March 1833, Trimley St. Mary, baptised 26th November 1833 at Trimley St. Mary – daughter of Charles Cordy, a farmer and Ann Cordy (nee Keer), of Searson’s Farm, Trimley St. Mary.

 

Father: Charles Cordy, born 21st August 1801, Stradbroke, Suffolk. He was a farmer of Searson’s Farm – 373 acres and employer of 13 men, Charles was a tenant of the Duke of Hamilton and then later of Colonel Tomline. Charles Cordy died 30th November 1873, at Trimley St. Mary.

 

Mother: Anne Cordy (nee Keer), born 1801, Marlesford, Suffolk. Ann Cordy died 13th July 1884, at Trimley St. Mary.

 

Ellen and Robert had two children:

Ellen Kate Miller, born 13th February 1857, Ipswich, baptised 11th March 1857, at ST. Lawrence Church, Ipswich. On the 24th May 1883, at Holy Trinity Church, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, by her paternal uncle the Reverend George Miller, Ellen, of Highwood, Constitution Hill, Ipswich, married 27 year old Joseph Frederick Lewis, an engineer’s clerk, of 16, Great Colman Street, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich, born 1855, Ipswich. Ellen and Joseph had five children and made their family home in Ipswich. Joseph was a professor of music. Joseph Lewis died 16th December 1891, Ipswich. Laid to rest Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J. Ellen Lewis died 6th February 1935, of 73, Corder Road, Ipswich.

Robert Mortimer Miller, born 1859, Ipswich, baptised 1st September 1859, at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich. In January 1882, Robert Mortimer Miller, a gentleman, was made a Lieutenant (supernumerary), of the 1st Suffolk Rifle Volunteers. He resigned his Commission as Lieutenant with the 1st Suffolk Rifle Volunteers in October 1884. On the 1st November 1892, at St. Nicholas Church, Harwich, Essex, 33 year old Robert, a Wine and Spirit Merchant, of Highwood, Constitution Hill, Ipswich, married 24 year old Henrietta Mary Druce, born 16th June 1868, Kentish Town, Middlesex – daughter of the Reverend Gerald William Druce, vicar of St. Nicholas Church, Harwich and Mary Frances Druce (nee Jones), of The Vicarage, King’s Quay Street, Harwich. Robert Mortimer Miller died 3rd April 1893, at 43, Henley Road, Ipswich. On the 22nd September 1893, at Highwood, Ipswich, widow Henrietta gave birth to their daughter Estelle.

On the 7th October 1896, at St. Michael’s Church, Leaden Roding, Essex, Robert and Ellen Miller attended the marriage of their son’s widow, Henrietta Miller to Arthur Ernest Sidgwick, of North Hill House, Ipswich, a wine merchant. Henrietta and Arthur had two daughters and made their family home at 27, Henley Road, Ipswich and later at 16, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich. This new family remained close to Robert and Ellen Miller and Ellen Kate Lewis and her family. Arthur Sidgwick died November 1951, of Orwell Cottage, Peewit Hill, Felixstowe, Suffolk. Henrietta Sidgwick died 31st May 1966, of Orwell Cottage, Peewit Hill, Felixstowe.

 

Robert died 30th January 1904, at his residence, Highwood, Constitution Hill, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J.

 

Probate to Ellen Kate Lewis – daughter, Hugh Turner, an estate agent, and Alan Turner, a solicitor.

 

Ellen Miller died on the 1st September 1904, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J.

 

Probate to Ellen Kate Lewis – daughter, a widow

 

 

SOURCES:

Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

www.ancestry.co.uk   for census returns, births, marriages, deaths, probates, military records and other historical online records.

Members of the Council – in and since 1835 – Mr. B.P. Grimsey – July 1892.

www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

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