Holland, Elizabeth (nee Marriott) (1859-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by B. Fell

The St. Helens Circuit, and especially Westfield Street Church, mourns the loss of Mrs. David T. Holland, the beloved wife of a highly esteemed local preacher. Mrs. Holland died September 1st, 1910, after a grievous and painful illness. 

Born January 23rd, 1859, at Fulbeck, in Lincolnshire, she has been all her life in association with our Church, first in that village, at Worksop, and at St. Helens. Unostentatious, retiring, her hands full with the claims of a large family, she yet gave much valued service. She was a ministering angel in the home and the savour of her life abides. Her removal leaves the Church poorer, and a wide circle of friends sorrowing with the sense of a great loss. 

Perhaps the greatest lesson of her life is the way she has taught us how to suffer. What but the grace of God could have made her so patient and brave and bright whilst in the grip of a terrible disease and with the shadow of death hanging over her. She had the joy of seeing most of her six sons in fellowship with the Church. May they each, with the bereaved husband, share together in a glad reunion.


Elizabeth was born on 23 February 1859 at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, to parents John Marriott, a butcher & agricultural labourer (1861), and Anna Taft.

She married David Thorpe Holland (1857-1918), a grocer’s porter (1881) and superintendent of sewing machine company (1891), on 27 September 1880 at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Arthur William (1882-1969) – a printer (1911)
  • Walter (1886-1969) – an office clerk (1911)
  • Harold Thorpe (1888-1921) – a glass bottle gatherer & blower (1911)
  • David Ernest (1890-1975) – a commercial traveller for glass manufacturer (1939)
  • Harry Ewart (1899-1960) – a clerk (1917)
  • Percy (1901-1958) – a builder’s merchant’s secretary (1939)

Elizabeth died on 1 September 1910 at St helens, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/155

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