Ellen Bramwell (1758-1828)
Ellen Bramwell was the wife of the well-known Methodist minister William Bramwell (1759-1818). Her maiden name was Byrom and she married Bramwell on 29 August 1787 at the Anglican Church of Saint John in Preston, Lancashire. Her obituary states that at the time of her death 'she had been upwards of forty years a member of the Methodist society: about thirty years of which she travelled with her highly esteemed husband, endeavouring with him to extend and build up the Church of God.'
After William's death in 1818, Ellen moved to West Gate Hill in the Birstal circuit of Yorkshire. She died on 15th March 1828 after a very short illness.
Correspondence in the Fletcher-Tooth collection reveals that during the 1790s Ellen travelled in the area around Leeds with other female Methodists, holding prayer meetings in the surrounding villages.
Source: Methodist Magazine 1828, 286-287 International Genealogical Index and MAM Fl.6.5.2 (MARC)