Emily Blatch (1803 or 04-1844) was born in Warminister, England, the daughter of George Roberts. Emily Blatch was the second wife of George Blatch (1807-1881). He was born in England then emigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, around 1830. George Blatch operated a book and stationary business in the city from 1830 to 1840. He was the editor of the "Observer", the "Courier", the "New Brunswicker" and other newspapers. George Blatch later studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848 and was the clerk of the Circuit Court and registrar of the Vice-Admiralty. George and Emily Blatch had six children, the youngest was named Frederick.
Mrs. Blatch began 'Mrs. Blatch's Establishment for Young Ladies' in Saint John around 1830. Her school accepted both boarders and day students. Students received instruction in English grammar and composition, history, biography, geography, natural philosophy, astronomy, writing, arithmetic and handwork. The fees ranged from £45 per annum for boarding students to £12 for day students over eleven years of age and £10 for those under eleven years of age. Instruction in music, French, Italian and drawing were available at extra cost. The school year ran for ten months with a month's holiday at both midsummer and Christmas.
In the latter part of 1838, Mrs. Emily Blatch went to England. While there she engaged Miss E. Elmslie as an assistant at the school at a wage of £30 for the first year. Apparently Miss Elmslie did not get on with the Blatch family, for she wrote to Robert Hazen, member of the Assembly for Saint John at the time, describing poor treatment in the Blatch's employ. Nothing appears to have been done. Mrs. Blatch died of consumption in July 1844 at the age of 40. She was survived by her husband and children.
Johnson, D.F. Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers 1842-1845