Fanny Ann Griffiths was born in Eckington, Yorkshire in 1868.
In 1871 the Griffiths family lived in Sheffield. Fanny was the daughter of Thomas, an attorney Clerk, and his wife Sarah Ann Griffiths. Their children born between 1860 and 1874 were Emily Clara, Thomas, Fanny Ann (1868), John W., Alice, and William.
In 1891 Fanny had no occupation and still lived at home with her parents. Her father was working as a schoolmaster and her sister Emily worked as a schoolmistress. 3 of her brothers worked as clerks – Thomas, John, and William H., younger sister Alice had no occupation.
Fanny went on to work as a sanitary inspectoress, at that time she lived in Sheffield with her unmarried sister Emily, a school mistress. By 1911, aged 38 and single, she was working at Morda Workhouse as a nurse.