Towers, Matilda Elizabeth (nee Clayton) (1851-1914)

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

On May 7th Mrs. Towers, the beloved wife of Mr. A. Towers, received her call to the higher life and service. Aged sixty-three years, for nearly fifty years she was a member of our Claremont Street society, Leicester Fourth Circuit. When only eight years of age she was a scholar in the Sunday school, and at one time a most devoted teacher and member of the choir. For over thirty years there has been a missionary box in the home. Her devotion to the Church and its services was intense.

A most devoted wife and mother, in her translation her husband and children mourn an irreparable loss. All her children are members of the Church, her son being one of the most esteemed of our lay preachers. She was laid to rest in the Belgrave Cemetery. Prior to the interment an impressive service was held in the Claremont Street Church, conducted by the Rev. J. Whittle and Mr. R. Hallam.


Matilda was born on 26 March 1851 at Belgrave, Leicestershire, to parents William Clayton, a frame work knitter (1851), and Charlotte Horner. She was baptised on 27 April 1851 at St Peter’s, Belgrave.

Before her marriage Matilda worked as a shoe fitter (1871).

She married Alfred Towers (1851-1939), a house decorator (1901), on 22 June 1875 at Belgrave, Leicestershire. Census returns identify three children.

Alice Maud (1876-1920) – a shoe machinist (1901); married Henry Charles Halse, a heel sorter (1911), in 1902

  • Albert Ernest (1880-1947) – a shoe clicker (1901)
  • Eva (1885-1953) – a hosiery machinist (1911)
  • Matilda died on 7 May 1914 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/574

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