Walton, Elizabeth (nee Spark) (1873-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.K.F.

The Stanhope Church has sustained a severe loss in the death of Elizabeth Walton, wife of Mr. Jno. Walton, the choirmaster. She was born at Birkshaw on October 11th, 1873, and from her earliest days has been connected with the Church and School at Stanhope as scholar, teacher and member successively. 

For seventeen years she has been closely identified with the work of the Church, and has taken her part in its labours, although by nature of a retiring disposition. She was beloved by all who knew her. In her family she showed herself a devoted wife and mother, and the gap in the home is great. 

About a year ago signs began to appear of the long and painful illness which eventually proved fatal. She bore it with splendid patience and resignation. She was interred on August 3rd, 1913, in Stanhope Cemetery, the service being conducted by Rev. G.K. Fawell


Elizabeth was born on 11 October 1873 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, to parents John Spark, a limestone quarry timekeeper (1891), and Mary Renwick. She was baptised on 9 November 1873 at Stanhope.

Before her marriage Elizabeth worked as a cash taker at a Co-operative store (1891).

She married John Featherstone Walton (1871-1947), a railway engine stoker (1901), in late 1896 in the Weardale Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify four children.

  • John William (1897-1972) – a cashier at limestone quarry (1939)
  • Thomas Spark (1899-1963) – a quarry labourer (1921); an insurance agent & collector (1939)
  • Mary Walton (b1904) – married Thomas Herbert Gardner, a sheep farmer (1939), in 1927
  • George (b1906) – a weigh man (1921); investigating clerk at unemployment assistant board (1939)

Elizabeth died on 31 July 1913 at Stanhope, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/918

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Census returns identify her place of birth as Stanhope.

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