Research by Marjorie Gregson
Emily Green was born in Manchester in 1868 to Henry Stephenson Green and his wife, Mary Ann. Her siblings were Maud, born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire in 1866 and Arthur, born in Manchester in 1871.
In 1891 the family was living in Chorlton, Manchester and Henry's occupation was recorded as a journalist.
Born in Yorkshire in 1830, Henry had a prestigious career. On leaving school he served an apprenticeship to his uncle, a chemist and druggist. However, he later changed his vocation and in 1855 became a journalist, writing for the Huddersfield Chronicle. There was a return to the family business five years later but it was not suited to his health.
In 1861 he took up a position with the Manchester Courier and quickly rose through the ranks, later becoming President of the Manchester Press Club and taking part in the formation of the Association of Journalists.
He retired from journalism in 1895 because of failing health and, on the 1901 census, was described as an oil merchant. He died in Manchester in 1902, aged 72.
By 1911 his widow was living on private means at 19 York Road, St Annes with her daughters, both unmarried. Their married brother had become an analytical chemist and manager of an oil works.
Emily, still living in York Road, died in 1951. Her father had an appreciation of art and was an original member of an Arts Club so it was probably his collection of paintings which were bequeathed to the Borough Council. Her Will states, 'I give (free of duty) to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the borough of Lytham St Annes for their art collection my print with the words Published June 20 1857 by G. Baxter Proprietor & Patented London thereon and all my watercolours, together with the frames of such print and watercolours'.
The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser,
24 April 1902