Ashworth, Mary (1777-1837)

Mary Ashworth was born February 11, 1777, and was steady in her conduct.  About two years before her death, she sought pardon by faith in Christ, at a Lovefeast held at Rochdale by Bro. Hutchinson; found peace with God, became a steady member; was attentive to the spiritual welfare of her family, reading to them the word of God; and had the happiness to see three of them brought to the Lord; and one of them a travelling preacher, namely, Bro. Hugh Ashworth; and she prayed much for his prosperity.

April 19, 1837, being taken suddenly ill, she said to her daughter Mary, “I must die,” — commended her soul to God, — was soon senseless; and in a few hours fell asleep in the 60th year of her age, leaving six children to lament their loss.

J. Britain

Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838.  Page 278.

 

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  • I own a book entitled “the Life and Labours of John Ashworth”, pub’d in Manchester,1876. I suppose he would be Mary’s son. He travelled widely preaching Methodist, of the Primitive variety, I imagine, and establishing Chapels for the Destitute. It is a strange book to modern eyes but shows the Protestant values of the time, rather out of favour these days. The book is inscribed “Presented 15th Sept,1886 To Mr Faulder Proud by the members of his class and a few friends in the Church, West Holywell”. He was my great-great uncle who migrated to Australia with his parents and siblings on the 21st Sept that year, arriving in Brisbane on 17th Nov. The men were all miners but he had been educated as a lay preacher. They were all strict Primitive Methodists. His life came unstuck out here and he became estranged from the family, a sad story on the whole but life was tough then. The Church played an important role in the mining communities out here. I am researching Prim. Methodism as part of my family history [cf Proud Family History] on my Facebook and Morgan family tree on Ancestry.com. Would love to talk to others with similar interests.

    By Connie Peters (08/07/2012)

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