Hilton, Harriet (nee Gibson) (1845-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Whittle

In the home-call of Mrs. Hilton, widow of the late Ald. S. Hilton, our Claremont St. Church, Leicester, has suffered another loss. When sixteen years of age she gave herself to Christ, and became a teacher in George Street school, and for fifty-five years has had an unbroken membership in our Church. In her passing we feel that a choice spirit has been translated to the Father’s house. 

The success of the late Mr. Hilton was owing a great deal to her who was his true helpmeet for so many years. A model of industry and economy, her light shone the brightest in her home. Here the love which enriched her life poured itself out. Unobtrusive, ever shrinking from public gaze, she lived out her religion in the quiet ways of common duty. 

The esteem and affection in which she was held found expression in the large congregation which gathered in our Claremont St. Church, where the funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Whittle previous to the interment in Belgrave Cemetery.


Harriet was born in the spring of 1845 at Leicester, Leicestershire, to parents Thomas Gibson, a porter (1851), and Elizabeth Licquorish.

Before her marriage Harriet worked as a cotton winder (1861).

She married Stephen Hilton (1845-1914), a boot and shoe manufacturer, in the spring of 1867 at Leicester. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Rosanna (1868-1904)
  • Mary Ann (1870-1955) – married John William Gregory, a PM Minister
  • Joseph Arthur (1871-1927) – a boot dealer
  • George Edward (1873-1936) – a boot factor; Mayor of Leicester in 1920
  • Harriet (1876-1902) – married Richard Hallam, a boot manufacturer; also Lord Mayor of Leicester in 1935
  • Stephen (1877-1928) – a shoe factor
  • Frederick James (1883-1946) – a clerk (1911)

Harriet died on 14 March 1916 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/486

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