Davies, Ellen (1861-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Frederick J. Hadfield
Ellen Davies (‘‘Auntie’’) was born at Enniskillen (Ireland). In early life she came to Pollokshaws, became a member of a Glasgow Church, and, better still, of the Christ. Presently, the Primitives came singing and preaching from Paisley, and ‘‘Auntie’’ joined the Methodists.
Miss Davies’ home and person were the picture of scrupulous tidiness, her demeanour the perfection of Christian courtesy, her welcome was ever ample. A child of the Emerald Isle, ‘’Auntie” was the true visionary, the dreamer of dreams.
How bold she was! Fancy her undertaking the upbringing of four other people’s bairns,—and she mothered them to the very end.
How hospitable she was! How homelike to all did the dear old saint make her little cottage. People and pastor were welcome, and esteemed the privilege.
What a sturdy Protestant she was. How anxious that our form of religion should obtain, and our Jesus reign!
And her wit and humour were ever bubbling up and over. In weariness and pain she could see the funny side.
Our church was HER CHURCH. She loved it to the end. The opening of her missionary box was an anxious Season. “Auntie’’ could not bear to be below the previous occasion. For two years she has been largely housebound owing to infirmity. One day she surprised the writer by saying: ‘‘Mr. Hadfield, the church does not suffer from my absence. My sixpence is always sent for the collection.”
Fragile ever, our dear old friend became seriously indisposed. We prayed, hoped, watched, but the great Physician gave the old saint sleep.
On the Wednesday of the week preceding the Centenary Synod, Bros. J.B. Nicholson, J. Mason, and J. Abraham, with the minister, took part in the burial service.
Ellen was born abt1861 at Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland. Her mother was called Mary.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Ellen
- 1881 worker at yarn dye works
- 1901 calender worker
Ellen died in May 1910 at Glasgow, Scotland.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/654
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