Andrews, Ann (1827-1905)
Transcription of Obituary in the Christian Messenger
Mrs. Ann Andrews, the beloved wife of William Andrews, of Kelsale, Suffolk, fell sweetly asleep in Christ on July 22nd, 1905, in the seventy-eighth year of her age. Our departed sister has been a very useful and consistent member of our Church at Kelsale for more than fifty-three years. She was brought to God through the agency of our people in the early days of her married life, when our services were held in the old barn on Kelsale East Green. She at once united with us in the bonds of hallowed fellowship and service, which bonds were happily never severed until the Master called her to higher and richer service at His own right hand in heaven. Our sister was possessed of a very quiet, gentle, and peaceable disposition, and a clear, simple, but firm faith in Christ as her Saviour and Friend. She trusted Him explicitly, loved Him much, and did what she could to sustain His cause and win others to His service. Soon after her own conversion, she had the pleasure of seeing her husband give his heart to God and his hand to his people. They had a large family, whom our sister has done much to attach to Christ and His service, and she was given the joy of seeing most of them brought into saving communion with God in their early days. Several of them are highly esteemed and useful members of our own Church on the Kelsale Station. To the Church of her choice our sister was very deeply attached, and ever showed the reality and strength of her attachment in a very cheerful and practical manner. She ever spoke of its ministers and various workers and members with the greatest affection and respect; supported its various funds with pleasure and liberality, as far as her means would permit; did what she could to sustain and increase its varied interests and agencies, and regularly attended both its social and public services as long as health and strength were given her. When the summons came for her to bid adieu to all that was dear to her on earth, she was ready to obey the Master’s gracious call, and we feel quite sure she has received an abundant entrance into His everlasting kingdom of glory. On the Thursday following her death, the writer conducted a very impressive service in connection with her funeral in our chapel at Kelsale, and afterwards read the burial service at her grave in the beautifully picturesque churchyard, a little distance away, in the presence of a number of deeply sorrowing relatives and friends. May God very graciously sustain her aged and afflicted husband, who now greatly mourns her loss, and guide and bless all the members of his sadly bereaved family during the remainder of their earthly pilgrimage, and, when that shall come to a close, re-unite them again in the land where tears are never shed and separations never come.
Family and other information
I have been unable to identify an Ann Andrews married to William Andrews living at Kelsale from census returns.
I think it probable that the subject of this sketch was Ann Bennett, born abt 1827 at Sibton, Suffolk, to parents William Bennett and Frances Taylor. She was baptised on 4 March 1827 at Sibton.
Ann married Henry Andrews (1824-1907) in late 1848 in the Blything Registration District. Henry was a farm labourer. Census returns identify nine children.
- Sophia (b abt 1849)
- Martha (1854-1897) – married Joseph Newstead in 1891
- Mary Ann (abt1857-1915)
- William (1858-1941) – a miller and farmer (1901)
- Anna (b1859) – a general servant (1891)
- Lucy Ann (1862-1914) – married William Foster, a labourer, in 1880
- Joseph (abt1864-1927) – a farmer
- Benjamin (b1865)
- John Henry (1867-1950) – a miller (1911)
Can anyone advise otherwise?
Christian Messenger 1906/95
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