Thompson, Elizabeth Ann (nee Osborne) (1836-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.H.R.

The mothers who have influenced their children for Christ, encouraged their husbands in sacrificial toil for the Church, and opened their homes to the preachers of the Gospel, have fulfilled a higher ministry than is often recognised. Mrs. Thompson rejoiced in rendering this service. 

For forty years Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson and her late husband lived at Wighton, in the Wells Circuit, and during that time took a most active part in the work of our Church. She was deeply interested in mission, and her box had always a worthy offering for the cause. 

Shortly after the death of her husband she came to reside in Norwich, and for the past six years has been a member of the Scott Memorial Church. Though unable for some time to attend the services, her cheerful patience and. bright confidence were a real inspiration to those who visited her. The end came suddenly on September 9th, when she entered the higher life as she slept. She was buried in the Rosary Cemetery. Rev J.H. Rose and Mr. N.E. Parsons conducted the funeral service.


Elizabeth was born on 2 June 1839 at St Faith, Norfolk, to parents George Barber Osborne, a hand loom weaver and barber (1851), and Anne Doughty. She was baptised on 20 March 1842 at Horsham St Faith and Newton.

Before her marriage Elizabeth worked as a cook (1861).

She married Thomas Thompson (1841-1908) on 31 January 1868 at St Faith, Norfolk. Census returns identify four children.

  • Adelaide Elizabeth (1872-1932) – post office & general shop assistant (1901); married Charles Hezekiah Ruse, assisting in a catering business (1911), in 1909
  • George Percy (1873-1946) – a tramway clerk (1901)
  • Ethel Osborne (1880-1960) – married Charles Hezekiah Ruse in 1933
  • Frederick William (b1882) – salesman clerk at Poultry market (1911)

Elizabeth died on 9 September 1915 at Norwich, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/998

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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