Harrison, Miriam (nee Tripp) (1845-1928)
Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W. Everingham
Mrs. Harrison, the widow of the Rev. Charles Harrison, was a daughter of the Manse, her father being associated with Hugh Bourne. One of her brothers – the Rev. Ebenezer Tripp – served our Connexion long years in faithfulness and high esteem. The Rev. J.T. Bagnall writes: “My knowledge of Mrs. Harrison goes back over thirty years. When as a probationer of Redhill Circuit, the Rev. Charles Harrison was my superintendent. I thankfully remember Mrs. Harrison’s kindly interest to this day. She was a gracious, motherly soul, supremely happy in her domestic life and always justifiably proud of her two sons, Ernest and Percy, both of whom have risen to important positions in civic and professional life. Everybody loved her in the Church and her gentle and kindly spirit exercised a great influence upon our people in the Circuit.”
Mrs. Harrison was a lady of the true Victorian type – precise in bearing, finely self-controlled, exactly methodical and very practical. Spirit, will and mind were so strong, that her frail physique and heart weakness became re-surcharged, and her life was prolonged beyond expectation. She rejoiced in spiritual communion on high levels. She loved her Bible, practised the presence of God, and with those of like mind revelled in converse in such phases of Christian life as faith, prayer, holiness, Church extension and the world-wide Kingdom of God. During the last year of her life she experienced the profound consciousness of Divine mercies and grace, and awaited patiently the Lord’s call to the Homeland. This came consciously and calmly, just as she had desired, on Friday, April 13th. The funeral was a quiet simple service, conducted by the writer in the home, according to her wish. Her body was conveyed to Shoreham and laid beside that of her husband. We deeply sympathize with the two sons – who are well serving the Churches of which they are members – in their sorrow over the passing of one of the best mothers.
Miriam was born in 1845 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, to parents Boaz Tripp, a PM Minister, and Ann Squance.
Miriam married Charles Harrison (1845-1906) in the spring of 1876 at Birkenhead, Cheshire. Census returns identify three children.
- Charles Herbert (1878-1881)
- Ernest Young (1879-1956) – municipal engineer surveyor (1911)
- Percival Tripp (1880-1956) – borough surveyor (1911)
Miriam died on 13 April 1928 at Redhill, Surrey.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928/735
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