Trim, Elizabeth Mary (nee White) (1844-1913)

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

Winton Society, Bournemouth Second Circuit, lost one of its most faithful members by the decease of Mrs. W. Trim. Born at Farnham in Dorsetshire in 1844, our sister’s family removed into the Motcombe Circuit in 1859, where she was converted at the age of nineteen. In 1867 she married and settled at Shroton, where her husband was society steward and class leader.

Mrs. Trim established the first Band of Hope in the village. Returning to Melbury, our friends managed the Sunday school, and greatly assisted the maintenance of Primitive Methodism in the village. At Winton Mrs. Trim was a member of the first class, and took a prominent part at the stone-laying of the school chapel in 1892. Great was her love for the house of God! Whenever it was possible, she was in her place, and was a most helpful listener. She will be greatly missed and not soon forgotten.


Elizabeth was born in 1844 at Farnham, Dorset, to parents Stephen White, a sawyer (1851), and Sarah Head. She was baptised on 26 January 1845 at Farnham.

She married Walter Trim (1841-1918), a carpenter, in the summer of 1868 in the Shaftsbury Registration District, Dorset. Census returns identify six children.

  • William (1879-1937) – a postman (1911)
  • Sarah Jane (1870-1948) – a dressmaker (1891); married Sidney Hunt, a domestic gardener (1911), in 1897
  • Amelia Elizabeth (1873-1948) – married Percy Vincent, a carpenter (1911), in 1903
  • Thirza Ellen (1876-1960)
  • Emily Clara (1878-1917)
  • Anna Lucy (1882-1932) – a domestic housemaid (1911)

Elizabeth died in late 1913 at Winton, Dorset.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/329

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