Emily Mary was born in Jan-Mar 1872 in Aston. Her name seems to have been flexible having been referred to as Emily, Emelia, Amelia and Amy as various times.
At the end of the 19th century her father kept The Pack Horse in Alcester Road, Hollywood, where a twist was 1ưd an ounce, and beer was 2d a pint. The children had to get up early to get breakfast at 6 o'clock for the hay and straw men on their way to the Birmingham hay and straw market.
The Edwards family later moved to Redditch where they kept The Riflewoman. Her mother died in 1895 and her father remarried and moved away eventually emigrating to Canada in 1906.
Emily recalls that her three brothers kept public houses in Redditch. Ralph kept The Queens Head and then The Crown, Garnet kept The Star, and Albert kept The Cricketer's Arms, Beoley Road, then a public house in Droitwich and then The Bear at Evesham.
Emily married Arthur GREVES of Bell Farm, Kings Norton and lived at Maypole Farm, Druids Lane, Holly Wood, King's Norton had three children, May, Harry and Albert. She lived a hard life, helping on the farm, selling eggs, milk, poultry and mushrooms. She used to drive a horse and float into Birmingham when she went to collect parcels from New Street Station. Later she lived with her daughter and her son-in-law and to play the piano on her 100th birthday in 1972.