|About The MILLER & BROWN families|
of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire & Derbyshire
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James Miller (1815-1893) was born in the village of East Leake in Nottinghamshire, where his ancestors had lived since the early 1700s. As a boy, he worked in a brickyard and as a farm labourer, but after his marriage to Mary Cuckson (1815-1878) at Gamston, Notts in 1838 he worked as a drainage man at various large estates in Nottinghamshire and Cheshire. By 1848, when my gg-grandfather John was born, the family was living at Gorsey Bank Farm, near Siddington in Cheshire. James & Mary moved with their eight children to the village of Weston Underwood, a few miles north-west of Derby, in the late 1850s, where they worked as land drainers, brick and pipe makers, farmers, grocers & shopkeepers, and even ran the post office for many years. John Miller (1848-1922) married Eliza Sheales Newman (1844-1919) in the adjacent village of Mugginton in 1869. Over the next twenty years John & Eliza had ten children who survived to adulthood, four girls & six boys. Descendants of eight siblings are now scattered all over the world, and this web site has been set up to share information about our individual branches. I would like to thank my father Bud Payne, Gwen Miller, Mary Hirst and Lynne Tedder for providing much of the material presented here. I look forward to receiving more photos and data in due course, and will continue adding material to the site as it comes in. LATEST NEWS Welcome to the latest additions to the MILLER family, George Weston and his wife Pamela née FENNA, from Kibworth Harcourt in South Leicestershire. Pamela is descended from James & Mary MILLER's daughter Elizabeth (b. 1841), who married Eli FENNA in 1862 at Manchester Cathedral. I look forward to adding details of their branch in due course. Thanks also to Lynne Tedder for a list of recent additions to the family from Alberta. I'll add them to the database shortly.