Barnes Mary Ann (nee Barnett) (1847-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by H. Semper

Mrs. Barnes, wife of Mr. C.J. Barnes, local preacher and society steward at Werrington, Peterborough First Circuit, suddenly entered the Homeland on November 24th, 1914, aged sixty-seven. For many years she had been closely identified with our Church, and in various ways furthered its interests. As Sunday school teacher in her early days she sought the salvation of her scholars. As missionary enthusiast she gloried in the extension of God’s Kingdom, and on the morning of her decease contributed to the family missionary box. As succourer of the poor, sick and sorrowing, she will be missed.

As wife she looked well to the ways of her household, and the heart of her husband safely trusted in her. As mother she was devoted to her children, who rise up and call her blessed; and as postmistress of Werrington she was trusted and respected. 

The interment was conducted by Revs. H. Semper and A.B. Pool, who were joined in the churchyard by the Vicar of the parish. An impressive “In Memoriam” service was conducted by the writer on Sunday evening, November 30th.


Mary was born in the spring of 1848 at Werrington, Northamptonshire, to parents Daniel Barnett, who worked the land (1861) and Elizabeth Dewberry.

She married Charles James Barnes (1854-1929), a carpenter & builder (1911), in the spring of 1876 in the Peterborough Registration District, Northamptonshire. Census returns identify two of three children.

  • Charles William (1880-1960) – a draper’s assistant (1901); a chemist dispenser (1911); chemist (1921)
  • Elizabeth (1884-1963) – married Charles Sheldrick in 1912; postmistress (1921)

Mary died on 24 November 1914 at Werrington, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/749

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