Bennett, Elizabeth (nee Leng) (1827-1917)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J. Bilton

Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett, widow of the late Rev. William Bennett, passed peacefully away on Saturday, April 21st, 1917, at the great age of ninety years.

For the prolonged period of seventy-five years she had been in membership with our Church, and for thirty-four years had rendered acceptable service in the circuits in which she and her husband travelled. The earlier years of her married life had much suffering associated with them, but she laboured faithfully in the churches, and won the respect and love of all. Her later years have been linked with our Church and people at Market Street, Wakefield I. Circuit, where her days of active labour are gratefully remembered, and where the years of her failing vigour were still bound up with devotion to and regular attendance at the means of grace. 

Seven out of her eleven children survive, and are in honourable association with religious life and service; one of whom is Rev. John Bennett, now travelling at Leeds V.; and another, her mother’s devoted attendant, is in membership at Market Street.

The funeral was conducted on Saturday, April 25th, by Rev. J. Bilton, at the Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford, amid a sorrowing and yet hopeful gathering of relatives and friends; and after a widow-hood of twenty-eight years, the body was laid to rest in “sure and certain hope of a glorious  resurrection.”


Elizabeth was born in 1827 at Stokesley, Yorkshire, to parents John Leng, a carpenter (1841) and shoemaker (1851), and Margaret.

She married William Bennett (1822-1888), a PM minister, in the summer of 1853 at Thirsk. Census returns identify none of eleven children.

  • James Garner (1854-1875) – a teacher
  • John (1855-1943) – a PM Minister
  • Edwin (b1857) – a warehouseman in 1881, may have emigrated to USA
  • Emily (b1858) – a housekeeper in 1881
  • Arthur (1860-1939) – a warehouseman
  • Albert (1863-1928) – a pharmacist
  • Ada (b1864) – a dressmaker
  • Abner (b1866) – a draper, emigrated to New Zealand
  • Annie (b1870)

Elizabeth died on 21 April 1917 at Wakefield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/806

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