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Sailing ship  William Charles MILLER m abt 1839 Elizabeth SIPTHORPE
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William Charles MILLER b abt 1818 (shipping age) or 1819 (age at death) Middlesex, England.
William Charles MILLER, son of Henry MILLER, m 13 Aug 1838, Bromley St Leonard, Middlesex, England, Elizabeth SIPTHORPE, d/o Joseph SIPTHORPE. (Jenny Firman has certificate)
Elizabeth SIPTHORPE b abt 1821 (shipping age) England.
William C MILLER, 34, Sawyer, bp Middlesex, C of E departed Plymouth 18 Sep 1852 on Persian, arr Melbourne 27 Dec 1852 with wife Elizabeth MILLER 31, and children Elizabeth 13, Harriet 11, Martha 9 and William C 4 yrs. (JF)

PROV Online Index to Assisted British Immigration shows that 22 passengers with the surname MILLER arrived on the Persian (on 27) Dec 1852 at Port Phillip. From the reference numbers they can be grouped in this way:
Book 7 Page 133
MILLER Thomas, 40 yrs and Sophia 40 yrs
MILLER William C 34 and Elizabeth 31
MILLER Elizabeth 13

MILLER Mary A 12
MILLER Harriet 11
MILLER Charles 10
MILLER Martha 9
MILLER Harry 8
MILLER William C 4 yrs.
Book 7 Page 134
MILLER William 39
MILLER Sarah Ann 25
MILLER Maria 13
MILLER George 10
MILLER Mary 7
MILLER Infant.
Book 7 Page 142-4 (usually single females and males over 14 yrs)
MILLER Grace 20
MILLER Harriet 17
MILLER Jane 15
MILLER Emma R 1yr
MILLER William P 19 yrs.

Brief items of shipping news in The Argus in 1852 and 1853 tell tragic stories such as: 'The ship Persian brought 619 immigrants. Thirty-four deaths from fever and dysentery occurred. There is still much sickness on board, and the vessel went into quarantine.'
Extract from Emigrant Ships of the 'Fifties - Some Floating Horrors by C.R.C. Pearce in The Argus, Melbourne, 9 March 1932 at www.ticonderoga.com.au/argus_9_mar_1932.htm

Known children of William Charles MILLER and Elizabeth SIPTHORP/SIBTHORPE:

1. Elizabeth Jane MILLER chr abt 26 Jun 1839 Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England d/o William Charles MILLER/Elizabeth [IGI Batch number C055763 extracted from parish records]
Elizabeth Jane deceased by 1894 (death certificate of father)

2. Harriet MILLER b 7 Jun 1841, chr Parish of St Ann, Limehouse, Middlesex, England.
Harriet Amelia MILLER m 10 May 1858 Maryborough, Victoria, Thomas FIRMAN [Vic 2474] (information from Jenny Firman)
Poss Thomas FIRMAN (b abt 1827) d 1883 aged 56 yrs Mooroopna, parents unknown [Vic 9102]
Thomas FIRMAN b 23 Dec 1827 Faversham, Kent, England (Rod Firman)
Harriet Amelia FIRMAN bp England m2. 1890 George MILLER bp Scotland [Vic 292]
Harriet Amelia MILLER d 1918 aged 78 yrs Numurkah, Victoria d/o William Thomas MILLER/unk SIBTHORPE [Vic 10329]

Children of Thomas FIRMAN and Harriet Amelia MILLER

3. Martha Ann MILLER b 21 Aug 1843, chr 17 Jun 1852 Saint Thomas, Stepney, London, England d/o William Charles MILLER/Elizabeth [IGI Batch number C067881 extracted from parish records]
Martha LEWIS d 1896 aged 52 yrs Malvern d/o Charles MULLER (MILLER) and Elizabeth SEPTHLOE (SIPTHORP) [Vic 6659]
Martha Ann MILLER m bef 1863 Thomas LEWIS
Thomas LEWIS b abt 1842 Van Diemen's Land s/o Henry LEWIS/Elizabeth Ackerly ROBINS

Children of Thomas LEWIS and Martha Ann MILLER

4. William Charles MILLER chr 10 Oct 1847 Saint Thomas, Stepney, London, England s/o William Charles MILLER/Elizabeth [IGI Batch number C067881 extracted from parish records]
William Charles MILLER aged 48 yrs in 1894 (death certificate of father)

Possibly 5. Emily MILLER b 2 Nov 1851, chr 2 Apr 1852 Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England d/o Charles William MILLER/Elizabeth [IGI Batch number C055764 extracted from parish records]

6. Euphemia Elizabeth MILLER chr 8 Mar 1852 Saint Thomas, Stepney, London, England d/o William Charles MILLER/Elizabeth [IGI Batch number C067881 extracted from parish records]

It seems likely that Elizabeth SIPTHORPE MILLER and perhaps her daughter Elizabeth Jane were victims of disease on the voyage of the Persian.
William Charles MILLER m2. in 1854, Mary Ann WATSON [Vic 862]

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