Bland, Elizabeth (nee Buxton) (1824-1912)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Buxton
Biggin Society has suffered a serious loss in the death of Mrs. Bland, one of the oldest members of the church, who, after a short illness passed away on Feb. 23rd, in her eighty-seventh year, and was interred at Biggin on Feb. 27th by the Vicar. Many relatives and friends attended the funeral. On Sunday, March 3rd, Rev. T.M. Lakin, Circuit minister, gave an impressive address about her in the place of worship she attended while living. She often said she was converted when she was four years old, and that she knew Hugh Bourne very well, for she had seen and heard him preach at Biggin.
Her father was a P.M. local preacher for many years, and did a noble work. Mrs. Bland was a staunch Primitive Methodist; a friend to the ministers and to the missionary cause, on behalf of which she collected for many years. She was a cheerful, happy Christian, not afraid of death. She often said, “I want to go to my Father in heaven.”
Elizabeth was born abt1824 at Hartington, Derbyshire, to parents James Buxton and Mary Wheeldon. She was baptised on 23 May 1824 at Hartington.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Elizabeth.
- 1881 licensed hawker
- 1891 shoe dealer
- 1911 retired boot dealer
She married John Bland (abt1810-1875), a plasterer (1861), on 31 December 1844 at Allstonefield, Staffordshire. Census returns identify three children.
- Isabella Mary (1847-1858)
- John Thomas (1850-1930) – a plasterer (1881)
- William James (1857-1866)
Elizabeth died on 23 February 1912 at Biggin at Biggin-by-Hartington, Derbyshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/498
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