Aldrich, Jane (nee Black) (1869-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.C.M.

Of Scotch parentage and birth, Mrs. Aldrich, wife of Mr. A.H. Aldrich, of Brampton Old Hall, came early in life to Darsham, in Suffolk, where she became acquainted with Primitive Methodism and was converted. When her husband became steward of the Wangford station she entered into all schemes for its prosperity and progress. The removal to Brampton, following on the loss of a dearly-loved daughter, was a great grief. However, new plans for work were speedily formed, and the future seemed bright with promise. Soon the shadow of illness came, and notwithstanding all that science and skill could do, it was evident that death would not be denied. Her only regret was to leave those who needed her so much and the work of the Church to which she was devoted. 

There were fewness of years in her life, but abundance of labours. She was a local preacher, and was a delegate to the Derby Conference last year. The end came on April 24th, 1914. The burial was at Darsham on the following Tuesday. Revs. J.C. Mantripp, F.C. France, G.W. Hancock, W. Howard, and E.O. France took part.


Jane was born on 4 January 1869 at Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, to parents James Black, a farmer, and Janet Calder. 

She married Andrew Harold Aldrich (1863-1919), a farmer, at the end of 1887 in the Blything Registration District, Suffolk. Census returns identify eight of ten children.

  • Jessie (1888-1958) – married Herbert N Etheridge in 1913
  • Albert James (1891-1955) – a farmer
  • Maggie Jane (1894-1957) – married Percy James Mason in 1920
  • Harold Andrew (1895-1940)
  • David (1897-1915)
  • Elsie Christina (1901-1912)
  • Maud Evelyn (abt1903-1991) – married Wilfred J P Frost in 1922
  • Charles Alexander (1905-1978)

Jane died on 14 April 1914 at Brampton, Suffolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/576

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • The last born son of Andrew Aldrich and Jane was my grandfather Kenneth Aldrich born in 1911.
    Kenneth became a Methodist minister and his daughter Judith Jarvis was a local preacher and then worked for the Methodist Church

    By Stuart Johnson (18/10/2023)

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