Ainge, Eliza (nee Taylor) (1825-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by D. Sheen

Mrs. Elizabeth Ainge was brought into union with our Lord Jesus by means of the Conference camp meeting in Leicester, 1875. Forthwith she became a member at St. Nicholas Street church, and adorned the Gospel. by a holy life till called to the upper home on October 14th, 1912. 

A practical believer in the communion of saints, she was a familiar figure in Mr. E. Jennings’ class for well-nigh forty years. She long filled the office of Bible-woman most efficiently, and in this capacity not only gave religious instruction, but frequently found situations for the unemployed, and otherwise helped the needy. Nor did she ignore the financial needs of the Church, but was most exemplary in contributing from her small store. The law of peace was on her lips and she turned many to righteousness. 

In advanced years she found a home in Wyggeston Hospital, in sight of our Hinckley Road church, into which her mortal remains were brought prior to burial. We hope to meet our honoured sister by-and-by in the deathless land.


Eliza was born on 10 September 1825 at Leicester, Leicestershire, to parents William, a stocking maker (1841), and Mary. She was baptised on 22 September 1825 at All Saints, Leicester.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Eliza after she was widowed.

  • 1881 scripture reader
  • 1891 bible woman
  • 1901 retired bible-woman
  • 1911 hospital inmate

She married Robert Ainge (1824-1875), a labourer (1861), on 27 December 1847 at St Mary de Castro, Leicester, Leicestershire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Mary Ann (1848-1865)
  • Eliza (1855-1873) – an elastic web worker (1871)
  • Thomas William (1857-1935) – a window cleaner (1901)
  • Clara (1860-1947) – married William Bentley in 1876; married Robert John Irving in 1920
  • Emma (Emily) (1863-1951) – a hosiery cutter (1881); married Archibald Robert Wright, a window cleaner (1911), in 1884

Eliza died on 14 October 1912 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/499

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records have her name as Eliza, not Elizabeth as stated in the obituary.

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