Jane Horn, nee Tomkins
Transcription of Obituary In the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Charles Leafe
Mrs. Jane Horn was born at Pitstone, Buckinghamshire, 64 years ago, and died at Dunstable Nov. 16, 1900. From a very early period in life she was the subject of deep religious impressions; she could never remember when she had not a desire to serve God. She was converted to God more than 50 years ago, under the agency of Primitive Methodism, and at once joined the people of her choice, and continued steadfast in the faith until the end.
After her marriage to Mr. Levi Horn, thirty years ago, the early preachers were always warmly welcomed and hospitably entertained at their home.
She was a most unassuming, thoughtful, intelligent, and conscientious member, and looked upon as a mother in Israel, and as one of the excellent of the earth, her disposition and character being in perfect accord with her Christian profession. On the sure foundation she built up the superstructure of a Christ-like life, exercising an unwavering fidelity to principle and to the Church of her choice. Her Bible was her bosom companion, and the word of Christ dwelt richly in her heart. When able, she was most regular and punctual in her attendance at the means of grace. She was for a great many years an earnest worker in the Sunday School, also in the Temperance cause and Band of Hope.
For the last few years she was not able to get so frequently to the House Of God, as her infirmities steadily increased, and affliction brought her at times to the brink of death. During the last winter or two, she suffered a renewed attack of her old malady, heart disease and bronchitis, and occasionally her medical adviser pronounced the case to be hopeless. The call came suddenly at last, and then followed a fully acquiescent and avowed submission to the will of God, who “doeth all things well.” She was better the day she died than she had been for sometime. After partaking of a hearty dinner, while her maid was taking a little walk, as she was alone in the house, she fell suddenly on the floor, but she was able to make her neighbours hear. When they came in she was gradually sinking into the arms of death, and just as her maid came in she said “I am dying.” And it was so, for she gave a happy smile, and without a sigh or lingering groan she fell asleep in Jesus, and entered “the rest which remaineth for the people of God.”
I have not been able to identify Jane’s baptism or parents in on-line records.
She married Levi Horn (1842-1886) in late 1869 in the Luton Registration District, Bedfordshire. Levi was a grocer and Jane carried on the business after his death. Census returns identify two children.
- Louisa Sarah Jane (b abt1874) – a milliner (1891); married Joseph William Carter, a farmer, in 1898
- Alfred James (1880-1939) – a postman (1911)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/472
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers