Lightfoot, Eleanor (1851-1914)

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

Eleanor Lightfoot, youngest daughter of the late Rev. John Lightfoot, of Sunderland, passed to the Homeland on December 22nd, 1914, after eight days’ illness. Born in Darlington on December 30th, 1851, from infancy she lived a life of love and service. When young she lived at Houghton-le-Spring, where she served our Church as harmoniumist for a long period, and in 1877 the members expressed their appreciation by the gift of a beautiful gold watch and chain. Together with the daughter of the late Rev. Adam Dodds she started a missionary collecting round, which has been continued to this day. 

She loved her Church, and although of a quiet, retiring disposition, was ever ready to serve in all possible ways. Many bazaars have been assisted by her willing efforts. For fourteen years she shared the home of her sister, Mrs. Nichols, in East Ham, appreciated by our Upton Park Church, to which she belonged. In July, 1912, she came to her brother—the writer—who was in the sorrow of bereavement, and spent the last years of her life in cheering him in his home and work. The end came unexpectedly, but she was ready.


Eleanor was born on 30 December 1851 at Darlington, Co. Durham, to parents John Lightfoot and Martha Burnup.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Eleanor.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 dressmaker
  • 1881 dressmaker
  • 1891 dressmaker
  • 1901 dressmaker

Eleanor died on 22 December 1914 at Darlington, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/495

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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