Emma Lydia Kirkland was born on or about May 10, 1855, in Prince Edward Island. She was the youngest child of John Kirkland and Elizabeth Weeks. Emma's mother died when she was still quite young, in 1858. 
In 1861, Emma was living with her father, step-mother and four siblings in Wicklow, New Brunswick. In 1870, at the age of 17, Emma was living in Houlton, Maine working as a domestic servant in the household of her older brother, James.
About 1873, Emma married Isaac Newton Withrow. Isaac had been boarding with James's household in 1871. They lived in Waterville, Carleton County, New Brunswick, where they had 9 children. Sometime before 1901, the family moved to Moose Jaw, Assiniboia (now Saskatchewan).
On July 21, 1929, Emma, by that point a widow, married Benjamin Franklin Richardson. At the time of this marriage, she was a resident of Howard Brook, New Brunswick.
↑ as per 1901 census. Age is inconsistent among sources, which puts her birth year anywhere from 1851 to 1860
↑ 1870 US Census; Place: Houlton, Aroostook, Maine; Roll: M593_538; Page: 190B; Image: 386; Family History Library Film: 552037. – James F & Janette J Kirkland and 6 children, plus boarders (available on Ancestry)
↑ Estimated, based on the birth of their first child in 1874
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Emma by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Emma: