Barratt, Alice (nee Phipps) (1825-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by S. Buckley
Mrs. Alice Barratt, by whose decease the church at Melton Mowbray, has lost one of its most respected members, was the daughter of the late George Phipps, one of the pioneer lay preachers of the Nottingham District. Born at Rearsby in 1825, our sister removed in. early married life to Melton, joining the society there during the ministry of Robert Parkes, and for nearly fifty years she proved herself one of its most loyal members and devoted workers. She witnessed by word and life a good confession. She knew in Whom she believed, and throughout her lengthy experience her confidence in God never wavered. Her love for the House of God and the services of the Sanctuary was unquenchable.
Like her Lord, ‘‘the gates of Zion” were more to her than “the dwellings of Jacob, and as long as she was able she wended her way to the House of the Lord. Her religion was intensely practical. She had little sympathy with those who wished to enjoy the privileges of church membership without sharing the responsibilities thereof. From her limited means she gave generously and gladly to the Lord’s Cause. With all forms of Christian service her heart beat warmly, and constant were her prayers for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Her death took place after a long and painful affliction on March 17th, 1910. At an impressive memorial service, conducted by Rev. S. Buckley, letters of sympathy testifying to the respect in which our sister was held were read from Revs. S. Barker, J. Flanagan, G.G. Martindale, T. Tyers, and E. Ball. Truly the memory of the just is blessed.
Jesus, Thou Prince of Life,
Thy chosen cannot die;
Like Thee, they conquer in the strife,
To reign with Thee on high.
Alice was born in 1824 at Rearsby, Leicestershire, to parents George, a socking frame knitter, and Anne. She was baptised on 3 April 1824 at Rearsby.
She married William Barratt (1819-1875), a labourer (1871), in the summer of 1848 in the Leicester Registration District, Leicestershire. Census returns identify four children.
- Edward (1849-1923) – a tinman (1881)
- Henry (1852-1875) – a labourer (1871)
- Emily (1854-1898) – a laundress (1891)
- Mary Ann (1858-1918) – a laundress (1901)
Alice worked as a laundress.
Alice died on 17 March 1910 at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/490
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers