Frances "Fanny" Frodsham Miller, Frederick Charles Miller & Helen Miller

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

     Frances "Fanny" Louise Frodsham Miller, 1849-1924

Frances “Fanny” Louise, or Louisa, Frodsham was born in Liverpool in 1849, to Edward Parr Frodsham and Mary Manlove Taylor. In 1876, about three years after Benjamin’s first wife, Charlotte, died, Fanny and Benjamin were married in St. Michael's, Toxteth, in the parish of Walton on the Hill, Lancashire. Two children were born before they left England for Canada, Rose and Frederick Charles. The family, minus the oldest son, Frank, sailed on the Rolling Polly, and arrived, by train and barge, to Portage La Prairie, where Fanny gave birth to twins, Bernard West and Dorothy, who died after two months.

After Ben and his son Willie had claimed their land and built a log house, Ben returned to Portage La Prairie to bring the family to their homestead – Rose Vale. Their belongings, taking 12 to 15 carts, included a piano, a rosewood desk, china and glassware and family heirlooms, probably easing the move for Fanny. There was no running water in the house and with single pane windows, there was ice on the inside of them during the winter.

After Ben’s death and the sale of Rose Vale, Fanny and her daughters, Helen and Ruby, moved to Birtle, where they lived for four years before going back to England for awhile. In 1910 they arrived back in Canada and by 1913, Fanny moved with her daughters to Los Angeles, California, where she died in 1924.

Rev. Frederick Charles Miller gravestone
     Rev. Frederick Charles Miller, 1878-1938

Frederick Charles was the last in the family to be born in England. In 1909, when he was twenty-two, he was living at home with the family. By 1904 he was living in Austin, Manitoba, west of Winnipeg, where he was a school teacher.

In 1913, when he was thirty-four, he headed to the United States. When he registered for the draft, during World War I, he was working at Camp Fremont as a secretary for the YMCA in Menlo Park, south of San Francisco. Camp Fremont was a temporary post on the West Coast of the United States for training National Guard units for combat.

By January 1920 he was living in San Francisco, a theological student at Divinity School. The following July he married Marion Menona Sanders in San Francisco. Marion, 1878-1938, born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, had come to the United States from Canada in 1897 with her family and settled in San Francisco.

Frederick became an ordained minister in the Anglican Church and they lived in Walnut Creek, Santa Barbara, and Oceanside. Marion died in March 1938, just a few months before Frederick, and is buried in the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California. After her death, Frederick probably moved south, to live by or with his sisters in the Los Angeles area, where he died in December 1938. He is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, the same cemetery where his mother and his sister Helen are buried. Frederick and Marion had no children.

Helen Miller gravestone
     Helen Miller, 1885-1983

Helen was born in Solsgirth and grew up at “Rose Vale.” Her older sister Rose taught Helen and her sister Ruby until Helen was eleven and then she and Ruby went to the local schoolhouse. After her father died in 1901, Helen lived in Birtle with her mother and sister and then spent time in England and various European countries before returning to Winnipeg. The three of them moved to Southern California about 1913. Helen worked as a church secretary, lived most of her life with her sister Ruby and never married. After she retired she lived at the Episcopal Home for the Aged in Alhambra. She outlived her sister Ruby by nearly thirty years and died in 1983 in Los Angeles. She was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where her mother, Fanny, and brother, Frederick Charles, are buried.

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Children of Benjamin Miller
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