Taylor, Harry (abt1874-1906)

Transcription of Obituary in the Christian Messenger

MR. HARRY TAYLOR. – The Scotter Circuit is again called to mourn the loss of one of her promising sons. Some weeks ago we recorded the decease of John Jackson, local preacher, aged 26, and now we regretfully record the passing away of Harry Taylor, local preacher, aged 32 years. Born at Messingham, he was from childhood associated with our Church. It was not, however until eleven years ago that he surrendered himself to the Lord Jesus Christ, which glad event took place in the old chapel at Appleby, in the Winterton Circuit. Soon after his conversion he was put on the plan, and throughout the Winterton Circuit his services were much appreciated. In the month of April, 1905, he returned to his native village of Messingham, and engaged in the business of carrier and farmer. His cheerfulness and reliability won for him the respect of all with whom he came into contact, and after uphill work he was beginning to make his way. As a preacher of the Gospel he was much esteemed, and his services were in demand. We can scarcely realise that he is no longer with us, for his departure was so unexpected. On Sunday, August 5th, he preached and sang at Grayingham Camp Meeting, the next day he was present at the opening of the Appleby new chapel, and the following Wednesday, whilst standing on a ladder in his own yard, the ladder gave way, precipitating him to the ground and injuring his neck to such an extent that he passed away two days later. The funeral took place on August 13th, when both in our church and the parish graveyard many gathered to pay a last respect to one who was much loved. The Revs. H. Semper and J. Bilton conducted the funeral service, the former of whom gave a brief address in our church. Our departed brother left a bright testimony behind, and there can be no doubt that he has reached the Homeland. Great sympathy has been shown to the widow and daughter in their terribly sudden bereavement. May our heavenly Father ever uphold them.

H.S.

Family and other information

Harry was born abt1874 at Messingham, Lincolnshire, to parents William and Sarah. William worked the land.

Harry married Beatrice Annie Taylor (abt1872-1936) in the spring of 1894 in the Goole Registration District, Yorkshire; probably at Luddington. Census returns identify one child.

  • Irene Edith Alice Rose (1894-1976) – a student teacher (1911); married James Robinson in 1920

Harry died on 10 August 1906 at Messingham, Lincolnshire.

References

Christian Messenger 1906/378

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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