Manley, Eliza (nee Barlow) (1844-1912)

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

Mrs. Manley was born in 1844. As a girl she joined the Wesleyan Church, and for ten years was a teacher in the Sunday School. At the age of twenty-four she married Mr. James Manley, who for many years has been a prominent figure in the Manchester District. Joining our Church, she at once interested herself in the various activities of religious life.

She was a staunch believer in proportionate and systematic giving. A member of “The British Women’s Temperance Society,” “The Women’s Missionary Auxiliary,” and many other like organisations, she had no lack of calls upon her liberality, and often exceeded the allotted sum. She laid the foundation stones of numerous chapels in various parts of the Connexion. Her home was always open to the ministers and laymen of our church. She was a most exemplary Christian and respected by all who knew her. 

For two or three years past she had been in failing health, and a few months before her death, wishing to be near her relatives, a removal was made to Leeds. On December 14th, 1912, in her sixty-ninth year, she died in peace, expressing a bright hope of a glorious resurrection. The funeral, in Harehills Cemetery, Leeds, was conducted by Revs. B.A. Barber, H Haynes, R.W.B. Whiteway and G. Armitage.


Eliza was born in 1844 at Droylsden, Lancashire, to parents Thomas Barlow, a cotton spinner (1851), and Alice Sophia Wrigley.

Before her marriage Eliza worked as a cotton weaver (1861)

She married James Manley (1845-1914), a commercial traveller (1891), on 3 June 1868 at Stamford Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ashton, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child, an adopted niece.

  • Emma Carline (b1884) – married William George Johnson, in 1908

Eliza died on 14 December 1912 at Leeds, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/329

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