Atkins, Mrs (d1914 or 1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Roberts

On Saturday, October 23rd, there passed over the river one of the most faithful souls in Primitive Methodism. In the early days of her life she remembered Hugh Bourne and William Clowes. Soon after her marriage she, with her husband, came to London, where they have lived together in the happiest of homes for the past fifty-one years. 

No one knows what work she put into our church at Durham Road in the Holloway Circuit, where she was in membership for about forty-eight years. Some three years ago she and her husband were transferred to our little church at Highbury Vale. 

Hers was a ripe Christian experience. She was always glad to talk about her Saviour. Jesus to her was most real, and to have communion with Him was a source of great joy. She was fond of the old Methodist hymns and tunes. 

Our heart’s sympathy goes out to her stricken husband. On Friday, October 29th, all that was mortal of our sister was taken to its resting-place at Finchley.


I have not been able to identify Mrs Atkins in online records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/154

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  • My suggestion, based on a bit of digging, is that this lady is Sarah Alger, born at the end of 1837 in Palgrave, Suffolk. She married George Atkins in Palgrave in the 1st quarter 1863. He was born in Dickleburgh, Norfolk, baptised 25 December 1839. At the moment I cannot trace them in the 1871 census, but in 1881 they are living in Lennox Road, Hornsey. From 1891 to 1911 they are recorded as living in Woodstock Road, Hornsey. The 1911 Census gave the clue that they married in 1863. George was a Builder and Decorator. They had three daughters (Eliza E, Elizabeth and Alice M. ) all born in Middlesex. A Sarah Atkins is recorded as having died in the 4th quarter of 1915 in Edmonton Registration District, aged 78. Hornsey, and Finchley where the obituary informs us Mrs Atkins was laid to rest, are both in the Edmonton RD, so I would suggest there is reasonable evidence that the person I have described and the subject of the obituary are the same person. Try that for size.

    By Philip Thornborow (22/09/2023)

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