Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was the oldest of the eight children of William Taylor and his wife (and perhaps cousin?) Lucy Taylor of Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.

Elizabeth married labourer Simpson Bishop when she was about 21 years old, and the couple settled down to begin an eventual family of 8 children.

Simpson's work on the land led the family to Twineham, West Sussex, where they appear on the 1851 census as living at Little Wapses. The family return, but Elizabeth would not see another census.

After what appears to have been around 20 years of marriage, Elizabeth sadly died of Phthisis pulmonalis - certified - tuberculosis.

This left Simpson with several young children to care for. He would go on to re-marry a further two times, and add at least another 3 children to his family, taking part of it up to work in the cotton industry in Lancashire.

At the time of her death and burial, Elizabeth was known as Betsy Bishop. It seems to be the only time that she appears in official records with this name.

Life Events


  • 1818 at Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 16th July 1819 at St. Andrew's Church, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.



Census and Residence

  • 1841: 22yrs, Market Place, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1851: 31yrs, Little Wapses, Twineham, West Sussex, England.


  • 7th January 1860 at Fordham, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 38 years.


  • 11th January 1860 in grave C1110/211/ at St. Andrew's Church, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • William Taylor (1795-?)
  • Lucy Taylor (1793-?)


  • Not yet known.
  • Not yet known.
  • Jonas Taylor (1749-1825)
  • Elizabeth Lock (1753-1814)

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