|St Mary Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick|
At the age of 17 Elizabeth married William Taylor (1833-1928) at St Mary le Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick on 17 July 1858. William was the son of Richard Taylor (1802-1868) (Road Surveyor) and Peggy Halstead (1802-1876). Peggy was sister to Elizabeth's mother Martha Halstead, so William and Elizabeth were not only cousins, they had probably known each other through their childhood. Their first child William was born later that year. He was the first of 16 children born to Elizabeth and William between the years of 1858-1885. As was common in these times many of the children died in in infancy or at a young age.
|Elizabeth's Note Book: family members laid to Rest|
The 1861, census shows William and Elizabeth and two children living at Nicholas Folly, Spotsland (near Barnoldswick) and her father George Rushworth and some of her brothers and sisters were living next door. William is described as being a farmer and cotton weaver who employed four laborers.
The family continued to live in the Spotsland, Barnoldwick district until sometime in 1885 when they moved the family to 31 Boundary Street Colne. (Their daughter Lucy was born in Colne on 16 September 1885). William took up a new position as Assistant Survey to the Social Board in Colne.
We can only suppose what influenced Elizabeth's interest in nursing. Perhaps her skills came from caring for so many children and her elderly father and parents in law. Perhaps it was a skill that was passed down through the family, we do not know. However, her note book gives details of many years of nursing and caring for family, neighbours and others who were in need. The respect and place that she had in the community is reinforced by the number of Doctors in the nearby districts that she supported and worked with while caring for the sick.
|Nursing Division 1894, Elizabeth is 2nd from Left in back row|
The 1901 census tells us that William and Elizabeth were living in 9 Duke Street, Colne with five of their children. William was employed as a clerk at the Corporation Yard (what we call the Town Council today). You would think at the age of 60 Elizabeth would be looking to start taking things a little easier. No!! with the threat of War, life was about to change for all of England and Elizabeth did not sit back and watch it happen. Stay tuned to hear more of Elizabeth's story.