Barnes, Bethia Sophia (nee Annis) (1832-1910)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine W.H.L.

Our society at Brightlingsea is the poorer now that Mrs. Bertha Barnes has been called hence. Born in the same town seventy-seven years ago, at a very early age she resolved upon definite service for Jesus, and began her labours in the Sunday School, attending the Wesleyan Church. 

After her marriage, Mrs. Barnes attended the Swedenborgian Church occasionally, her husband being a member there; but afterwards joined the Primitive Methodist Church, of which for about forty years she was a consistent member. Strongly she clung to her Saviour and her own particular church. On Sunday and week-day, when health permitted, her seat in the Tabernacle was occupied.

Decline in health dated from the death of her husband some years ago. Advancing years served to hasten the end. No raptures attended her death-bed. Cruel pain was her lot. Yet she had the consciousness of full trust in her Saviour. Truly her end was peace. She rests for ever with her Lord and the loved ones gone before, waiting for the great re-union of hearts by and by.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. W.H. Lawson, A.C.P. On Sunday evening, August 21st, a memorial service was held in our Brightlingsea Church.


Bethia was born abt1832 at Brightlingsea, Essex, to parents John, a fisherman, and Mary. She was baptised on 2 March 1832 at Brightlingsea.

She married John Barnes (abt1824-1904), an inn-keeper (1881) and mariner (1871&1891), in the spring of 1852 at Brightlingsea, Essex. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Harriet Green (1853-1940) – married John Bull, a marine engineer (1911), circa 1874
  • Clara (b1854)
  • Albert John (b1855)
  • George (b1858) – a railway carman (1891); a general labourer (1911)
  • Arthur (b abt1861) – a dock labourer (1901)
  • Ernest (b1867)
  • Percy (b1868) – a dock labourer (1891)
  • Bethia Polley (b1872) – married John James Smith in 1893

Bethia died in the summer of 1910 at Brightlingsea, Essex.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/829

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: The forename is Bethia, not Bertha as in the obituary.

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