Heslop, Elizabeth (nee Fletcher) (1831-1914)

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

Elizabeth Heslop was born in 1831 at Easington Lane, and died at Darlington in May, 1914. She became a Church member in early youth. In 1863 she was married to Mr. W. Heslop at Shildon. Their golden wedding was celebrated in May, 1913, by a public function in Darlington Greenbank Church. 

To appreciate Mrs. Heslop in any adequate degree it was necessary to know her in the home. She was a quiet, unpretentious, Christian woman, but she knew in Whom she believed. Out of a strong belief there grew a fine character. She was a mother who gave herself with devotion to the training of her family, who are all active workers in the Church, and to them especially her memory is blessed. Always loyal and enthusiastic in her love for, and service to, the Church, yet it was as a mother and wife that her character shone out at its best. 

She came to a ripe old age, and passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-two years. Prior to the interment in the West Cemetery a fine memorial service was conducted in Greenbank Church by Revs. C. Humble, C.T. Coulbeck, W. Hartley, and T. Elliott.


Elizabeth was born abt1831 at Easington Lane, Co. Durham. Before her marriage Elizabeth worked as a domestic servant.

She married William Heslop (abt1840-1926), a boilermaker, in May 1863 at Shildon, Co Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Margaret Ann (1864-1932) – married William Harker Rycroft, a clerk in colliery office (1911)
  • Sarah Alice (b1868) – married John William Watson, a chartered accountant
  • William (1870-1964) – an accountant

Elizabeth died in May 1914 at Darlington, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/497

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