Hillier, Ellen (nee Hudd) (1853-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by E.A.

The Chittoe Church, Calne Circuit, has experienced a severe loss in the death of Mrs. George Hillier. Our deceased friend was born at Laycock and finally took up her residence at Chittoe. Through the word and influence of her husband our sister was brought to Jesus Christ. 

Mrs. Hillier greatly esteemed the house of God, and for many years it was her joy to have charge of the sanctuary. She also delighted in hospitality, and very many of the Chittoe supplies have sat at her table. Of her seven children five are in the membership of our Church. 

Her death took place, unexpectedly, after a brief illness, and her remains were laid to rest in our Chittoe burial ground in the presence of a sorrowing crowd. The service was conducted by Rev. H.M. Hull, and a brief and appropriate address was given by the senior circuit steward, Mr. W.S. Tucker.

We deeply sympathise with this village church, which has lost so helpful a worker, and with her family, bereaved of so good a mother.


Ellen was born in the summer of 1853 at Lacock, Wiltshire, to parents Thomas Hudd and Ann Barton.

She married George Hillier (1855-1938), a domestic groom (1881), in early 1877 in the Chippenham Registration District, Wiltshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • William Thomas (1880-1954) – odd-man domestic (1911)
  • Albert Isaac (1881-1968) – a domestic butler (1911)
  • George Henry (1884-1967) – bricklayer (1901); a police constable (1911)
  • Edith Mary (1886-1981) – married Charles Stanley Carpenter in 1920
  • Ernest Edwin (1888-1972) – a postman (1911)
  • Francis James (1889-1942) – a groom (1911)
  • Victor John (1892-1965) – a footman (1911)

Ellen died in the summer of 1912 at Chittoe, Wiltshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/748

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Ellen’s death record is in the name Helen Hillier.

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