Gill, Ann (nee Smith) (1847-1913)

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

Bradley Society, Skipton Circuit, has lost one of its oldest and most honoured workers in the death of Mrs. Ann Gill. Born in 1847, she passed to the higher life on October 7th, 1913. 

She was a most acceptable and fervent worker. From early life she was specially susceptible to spiritual influences, and the Quarterly Meeting desired her to become a local preacher. Sister Gill, however, did not feel the Divine call in that direction, and her name was removed from the plan. Thirty-three years ago she came to Bradley and joined herself with our Church. She played no small part in making it possible to erect the present beautiful church, with its fine organ, laid one of its foundation stones, and gave very liberally towards its cost. As a wife she has been a true help-meet; as a mother she was loving and tender. She lived Christ. Her piety ever shone brightly; her faith never wavered. 

She was interred at Kildwick Church on October 11th, 1913, and on October 12th the writer conducted a memorial service.


Ann was born in 1847 at Keighley, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Smith, an overlooker at worsted mill (1851), and Sarah Eastwood.

Before her marriage Ann worked as a worsted power loom weaver.

She married John Gill (1844-1870) in the summer of 1867 in the Keithley Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Ada (b1868) – a draper (1911); a general grocer (1939)
  • John (1871-1937) – a warp dresser (1911)

She married Abraham Gill (1853-1931), a warp dresser (1911), circa 1880. Census returns identify three children.

  • Ernest (1880-1956) – a weaver’s overlooker (1901); a cotton manufacturer & director (1939)
  • Florence (1884-1944) – a worsted weaver (1911); married James Walmsley, a worsted boomer & warp twister (1921), in 1911
  • Maurice  (1886-1942) – a warp dresser (1911)

Ann died on 7 October 1913 at Bradley, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/914

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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