Talbot, Ephraim (1826-1897)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1880

Early years

Ephraim was born on 10 September 1826 at Grange, Lincolnshire to parents John and Emma. His father John was a husbandman.

Ephraim was converted in his teens at Misterton in the Gainsborough circuit. He immediately started working in Sunday School. This would be a continuing emphasis through his ministry.


In 1850, Ephraim supplied for William Sanderson at Doncaster. He came friendly with William’s daughter Rebecca, a friendship that led to marriage on completion of his probation.

His obituary records that as a preacher Ephraim was calm, quiet, plain, practical and truly evangelical.

Thomas Whittaker writes; ‘Mr Talbot was a hard-working, painstaking, plodding man; never very strong, but always steadily going along, his heart and his hand always on the work. He was a good contriver, laid down plans in his own mind, then worked thereon with a will.’


Ephraim married Rebecca Sanderson (1833-1917) on 14 November 1856 at Brigg, Lincolnshire. Records identify eight children.

  • William John Campbell (1857-1837) – an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp
  • Mary Ann Sanderson (1859-1958) – married James Laycock, a stationer
  • Sarah Lucy Rebecca (1861-1930) – married Herbert Hopwood Capes, a landscape artist
  • Ellen Henrietta Elizabeth (b1865) – married John Priestley, a timber merchant’s clerk
  • Lillah Julia P (1868-1868)
  • Arthur Edward A (1869-1872)
  • Lilla Priscilla (1871-1945) – married Robert Henry Melbourne
  • Emma Terrewest (1876-1949) – fancy draper in 1911

Ephraim died on 14 October 1897 at Patrington, Yorkshire.


  • 1852 London ll
  • 1853 Hornsea
  • 1855 Alford
  • 1857 Grimsby
  • 1859 Driffield
  • 1861 Barton on Humber
  • 1863 Swinefleet
  • 1866 Winterton
  • 1869 Scotter
  • 1872 Brigg
  • 1875 Howden
  • 1878 Patrington
  • 1881 North Cave
  • 1884 Richmond
  • 1888 Stratford
  • 1891 Mansfield
  • 1892 Patrington (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1880 (portrait); 1898/707

PM Minutes 1898/25

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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