Phillipson, Elizabeth (nee Walton) (1853-1914)

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

Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Rev. Emerson Phillipson, passed home to God on November 13th, 1914. She was born on May 9th, 1853, in Upper Weardale. Her parents and grandparents were devoted members of our Church. She was married to the Rev. Emerson Phillipson on July 17, 1878, at Stanhope, Rev. Hugh Gilmore being the officiating minister. 

As a bride she came to Stockton. Since then she has laboured with her husband at Stockton (twice), Spennymoor (twice), Stanley and Burnopfield, Weardale, South Shields and Jarrow, Durham and Seaham Harbour. In all these stations she proved to be an efficient minister’s wife, finding her chiefest joys in her home and in the work of the churches. She was interested, too, in the B.W.T.A., being a member of the Executive and president of several branches. 

At Seaham Harbour she was stricken with illness, and, though the best medical skill was  obtained, it became apparent that there could be no human relief. All that love could do was done. In her painful and wearying illness she was ever brave and bright. Trusting in the Saviour, she entered into the rest that remaineth for the people of God. 

The funeral took place on Tuesday, November 17th, after a service in the home, conducted by the Revs. J.G. Bowran and J. Roxby. She was interred in Norton Churchyard, Revs. G.J. Lane, F. Humble, F.W. Atkin, and J.G. Bowran taking part. On Sunday evening, November 29th, a memorial service was held in the Paradise Row Church, Stockton-on-Tees. Three times she had been in the membership of the Paradise Row Church and, fittingly, the “In Memoriam” service was held there. Now she is at rest and in peace. Her memory is the enrichment of her loved ones.


Elizabeth was born on 9 May 1853 in Upper Weardale, Co. Durham, to parents William Walton, a millwright (1851), and Ann Harrison.

She married Emerson Phillipson (1850-1930), a PM minister, on 17 July 1878 at Stanhope, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • John Albert William (b1879) – a works accountant (1930)
  • Joseph Wilfrid Featherstone (1881-1932) – an architect (1930) and local preacher
  • George Emerson (1885-1938) – a bank clerk (1911)

Elizabeth died on 13 November 1914 at Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/160

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