Taylor, Ellen Emma (nee Savin) (1851-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by C. Leafe

Mrs. Ellen Emma Taylor was born at 39, Dane Hill, Margate, sixty-four years ago, and was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Savin. She was favoured with pious parents and a religious training. When very young she was taken to the Sunday school and afterwards became a teacher there, and a chorister. It pleased God to visit the church, then called Zion Chapel, with a gracious revival in religion, when many were added to the Lord, and Mrs. Taylor amongst the rest. In common with all Christian people, she very soon met with difficulties and temptations, but remained steadfast in the faith. 

After some years of service in the so-called Zion Chapel, a new church was erected called Emmanuel Church, when Rev. David Lloyd was the minister. However, owing to a disunity in the church, it was almost broken up. The minister resigned and many members left the church with him. Mrs. Taylor then joined in fellowship with the Primitive Methodists at Dane Hill, Margate, where she remained till her death. 

About five years ago she underwent an operation for cancer, and never fully recovered. Some time afterwards the trouble was again felt, and she was again operated upon and soon after she succumbed. Her sufferings were so great that she prayed for release from a world of trial to a world of joy. She was the mother of eleven children, of whom four sons and three daughters survive her. She passed away May 2nd; and was interred May 7th, 1915, in Margate Cemetery. During her last days her great sufferings were considerably alleviated by the kindness and sympathetic attention of her children and her two maids, Miss Pyles and Miss Aylott.


Ellen was born in the spring of 1851 at Margate, Kent, to parents George Savin, a blacksmith (1861), and Eliza Pettman

Before her marriage Ellen worked as a teacher (1871).

She married Walter Taylor (1847-1911), a coal merchant (1881), in the summer of 1871 at Margate, Kent. Census returns identify eight of eleven children.

  • Walter Frederick (1873-1927) – a licensed victualler (1921)
  • Herbert Edward (1875-1935) – a blacksmith’s apprentice (1891); a coal merchant (1921)
  • George Savin (1877-1934) – general carman (1911); motor driver (1921)
  • Ethel Ellen (1879-1920) – married William Henry Knowles, a print machine minder (1911), in 1903
  • Kate Marian (1880-1971) – a housekeeper (1901); married Samuel William Pyall, a grocery shop assistant (1911), in 1908; married Frank Buss in 1945
  • Eliza Mabel (1882-1962) – married Frederick John Jarman, a dairyman’s assistant (1911), in 1909
  • Ernest Wilfred (1887-1910)
  • Norman Vivian Savin (1892-1956) – apprentice carpenter (1911)

Ellen died on 2 May 1915 at Margate, Kent.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/786

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