Chapman, Elizabeth (nee Drayton) (1852-1906)

Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Turner

New Brumby Church, Scunthorpe Circuit has sustained a great loss in the passing home of Mrs. E. Chapman, of Old Brumby. Born at East Halton, brought up at Ashby, a scholar in our Sunday School, and a devoted and consistent member of society for about twenty-seven years, beloved by all, is but a brief analysis of our sister’s unostentatious, yet beautiful and useful life.

She was a quiet though active worker, deeply interested in the social and spiritual work of the Church, and was a regular subscriber to our magazines, especially the ALDERSGATE. She loved the class meeting, and her attendance at public worship was far above the average. Often after a hard day’s work at home she would be present at evening worship. Her home life was sacred, and it was always a time of refreshing to call upon her. The reality of her religion told everywhere, and she was an ideal mother.

Morning and evening her children were to be found at her knee for prayer and meditation, and her precepts and example have left a deep impression. Life’s close here came suddenly. Before retiring to rest husband and wife joined in singing the hymn, “I have given up all for Jesus,” with chorus, “Life’s morn will soon be waning,” etc. Evening prayer followed and they retired to rest. On waking up in the early morning, Mr. Chapman found his wife had silently, without a move or a word, entered into rest. The funeral was conducted by the Revs. J. Keightley and W. Turner, and attended by a large number of sorrowing friends.


Elizabeth was born abt1852 at East Halton, Lincolnshire, to parents James Drayton, a local preacher, and Elizabeth Kirkby.

She married Charles Chapman 91852-1918), an ironstone miner, in the spring of 1874 in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Ann Elizabeth (b1874) – a servant (1901)
  • Fanny (1875-1962) – married David North, a railway engine stoker (1911), in 1896
  • James Edward (b1877)
  • George (b1879) – a shoeing smith (1901)
  • Eliza (b1885)

Elizabeth died in late 1906.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/575

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