Emily was born in the. Cotswold country of England. some villages she talked of were Upper and Lower Slaughter” Stoke, Bournemouth, Chipping Norton and Cheltenham. Her father was a stone mason, but turned to other work as the family grew. At different times, they helped him operate a bakery, general store, post office, etc. in their large homes. He was a great gardener and always had an orchard. They were prominent in the village and in the small church of the Church of England. Emily played the organ at the church, and her folks expected the children to be active in all religious matters.