Hunter, Elizabeth Jane (nee Cranston, nee Bravender) (1843-1913)

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

The Scarborough Second Circuit, and the, Silpho Society  in particular, has sustained an irreparable loss in the death of Mrs. Francis Hunter, the wife of the veteran local preacher.

A native of Hutton Bushel, Mrs. Hunter joined our Church at Silpho twenty-five years ago. For many years the services were held in the home of our friends, and all the years they kept open house for the preachers. When land had been secured none worked harder to clear the debt on the chapel. 

Mrs. Hunter has borne a gracious witness for her Lord throughout the whole neighbourhood, delighting in ministering to the comfort and help of those in need. The love and esteem in which she was held was made evident by the large gathering of the friends from a wide district at the funeral on Saturday, Feb. 1st, 1913. A service was conducted in the home by Revs. G.T. Chappell and H. Aldridge, and the interment took place at Hackness Church, the Vicar, Rev. C. Johnstone, performing the last rites.


Elizabeth was born abt1843 at Hutton Bushel, Yorkshire, to parents John, a shop keeper and agricultural labourer (1851), and Mary. She was baptised on 7 March 1843 at Hutton Bushel.

Before her marriage, Elizabeth worked as a housemaid (1861).

She married Adam Cranston (1836-1879), a joiner (1851) on 2 June 1866 at Hutton Bushel, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Thomas Leadley (1867-1918) – a joiner (1891)
  • Mary (1868-1926) – a domestic servant (1891); married John Holmes, a domestic gardener (1911), in early 1893 in the Lancaster Registration District, Lancashire
  • John Alexander (1870-1907) – a general labourer (1901)
  • William (b1871) – a page (1891); a domestic valet (1901); domestic butler (1911)
  • Emma (1873-1955) – a housemaid (1891); married William Wood, an insurance agent (1911), in 1905

She married Francis Hunter (1827-1917), a stone mason, on 30 August 1887 at Hackness, Yorkshire. She was his third wife.

Elizabeth died in January 1913 at Silpho, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/660

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