Whitley, Elizabeth (nee Moss) (1852-1911)

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

Elizabeth Whitley, the beloved wife of George Whitley, of Hairfoot (Stairfoot), Barnsley, suddenly passed home to God on Sept. 24th, 1911, in her 59th year. She attended the mission services held in a cottage by the Primitives in a part of the village known as “Sodom,” where, under the preaching of Mr. Upperdine, she was converted. The first thing she did was to bring her husband from the public house and tell him of her new purpose. She erected the family altar, and about eighteen months after had the joy of seeing her husband give himself to Christ. Then she and others begged money to buy land for a sanctuary which she had the joy of seeing erected. She was the oldest member of our Church, and was highly respected, having practically laid her life down for her home and sanctuary and the good of others.


Elizabeth was born abt1852 at Smithies, Barnsley, Yorkshire, to parents John Moss, a weaver, and Mary Cooper.

She married George Whitley (1849-1912), a coal miner (1891) and later a grocer (1911), in the summer of 1869 in the Barnsley Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five of twelve children.

  • James Arthur (1871-1872)
  • Willie (1880-1886)
  • John Thomas (1888-1940) – a colliery lamp inspector (1911)
  • Florence Annie (1891-1979) – a marble sorter (1911); married George William Bedford, a capstan lathe hand (1939), in 1912            
  • Miriam (1894-1950) – a box maker (1911); married Albert Stubbs, a coal cutting machine operator (1939), in 1913

Elizabeth died on 24 September 1911 at Stairfoot, Barnsley, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/325

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