Ralph, Elizabeth (nee Eyles) (1857-1909)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

On Thursday, June 24th, 1909, Elizabeth Ralph, the beloved wife of Mr. Francis Ralph, of Kensington, London, passed to the life beyond. Daughter of Mr. George Eyles, a Primitive Methodist veteran, she was born at Upper Chute, Wiltshire, May 9th, 1857. Converted when quite young she joined the Wesleyan Church and for long remained a member at Warwick Gardens, Kensington, under the inspiring and prosperous ministry of the late Dr. Morley Punshon. On her marriage to Mr. Ralph, a local preacher from his boyhood, she joined the Primitive Methodist Church, to which she belonged until the time of her death 

She always manifested an intense interest in all the branches of its work. All her children are connected with Fowell Street Church, Notting Hill.

Unhappily a sad affliction befell her some eight years ago, which for ever precluded her from taking further part in church work. After long suffering God called her.

The interment took place-on Tuesday, June 29th, at Kensal Green Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev. R.R. Connell. A memorial service was conducted on the following Sunday at Fowell Street Church, by Rev. R. R. Connell.

The deep sympathy of many friends has lessened the profound sorrow which has fallen upon the bereaved ones..


Elizabeth was born on 9 May 1857 at Upper Chute, Wiltshire, to parents George, who worked the land, and Letty.

Before her marriage, Elizabeth worked as a domestic servant (1881).

She married Francis Ralph (1864-1944), a police constable (1901), in early 1885 in the Paddington Registration District, London. Census returns identify six children.                  

  • Edward George (1886-1969) – a postman (1911); a sorter (1939) 
  • Charles Ernest Collins (1888-1949) – a school teacher (1911)
  • Ivy (1890-1984) – married Charles William Toon, a carman, in 1911
  • Alice Violet (1893-1967) – a returnerer for G.P.O.
  • Dorothy Mary (1895-1976) – a student (1911)
  • Bertram Frank (1899-1980) – employed as boy clerk in P.O. Savings Bank (1914)

Elizabeth died on 24 June 1909 at Kensington, London.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/748

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