Taylor, Elizabeth (nee Hurst) (1828-1911)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John E. Leuty

On Saturday, February 18th, 1911, there fell asleep in Jesus, aged 82 years, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Richard Taylor (Class Leader and Trustee), of the Saul Street Society, in the Preston First Circuit. Her passing away is another link broken in the chain of veterans who have stood by the Cause in old Saul Street during the last quarter of a century. 

In early maidenhood she was trained in the Established Church, but afterwards became a member of the Primitive Methodist Church; and remained consistent to the end. The forty-nine years of her married life with Brother Taylor have been full of gracious ministries, which have made the home fragrant and beautiful. She was of a quiet and retiring disposition; never seeking publicity, yet ever ready to “do what she could. It could be truly said of her, “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Her interest in, and attendance upon the “Means of Grace ” were an example to all; for such lives are the true “salt of the earth.” 

The last illness of this beloved sister was prolonged; and the Saviour took her along a mysterious way to the river’s brink; but all was well. Quietly and beautifully she passed away to her eternal rest. The Rev. Joseph Prestwich (an old friend of the family), and the writer visited her; and saw her folding her wings for the final flight. Both ministers took part in the interment, which was largely attended, in the Preston Cemetery; where she awaits the resurrection morn. The Rev. J.E. Leuty conducted a memorial service in the Saul Street Church on Sunday, March 5th. To the bereaved husband and family may heavenly consolations come.


Elizabeth was born abt1828 at Preston, Lancashire, to parents James and Grace.

Before her marriage Elizabeth worked as a cotton weaver (1861).

She married Richard Taylor (1837-1927), a hay & straw dealer (1901), on 25 May 1862 at St John’s, Preston, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Grace (1864-1953) – a cotton winder (1891); married Alfred Moon, a corn merchant’s assistant (1911), in 1895

Elizabeth died on 18 February 1911 at Preston, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/411

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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