Her father was Dr Nathaniel Phillips, a Pastor at Hanover Street Chapel and Upper Chapel in the city centre. He was an astronomer proficient in the physical sciences and a President of the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society. When she died in 1904 she left her money to Rev. Gamaliel Milner, one of the twelve church burgesses of Sheffield.
Info taken from Victorian and Edwardian censuses (ranging from 1871 to 1911)