Beal, Maria (nee Cawkill) (1855-1910)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Mrs. Beal’s mother knew Hugh Bourne intimately at Bubwith, and she herself was early associated with our cause. For many years she and her husband, our esteemed Circuit Steward, were in active work at Holderness Road. Removing to Beverley Road eighteen years ago, our friends joined Lambert Street Church, and Mrs. Beal’s zeal in service never slackened. 

It was a great sorrow to her to lose the pleasures of the sanctuary through deafness. After dinner she would ask the preacher to come into the garden and tell her what he had been preaching about. In spite of all she had the grace of thankfulness. She shortened her life by her devotion to Lambert Street. After the sale of work, July 21st, she went to Brighton to recuperate, and there, in mistake, took the wrong medicine. The shock of discovering this was too much for her weakened heart, and she went home to God. Of the five sons left, three are preachers, and all members of our Church, one in our ministry, and another a candidate. Revs. J.J. Cook, T. Cook, G.C. Chappell, J.H. Hirst, W.C. Rose, and E. Hancox took part in the interment.


Maria was born in 1855 at Breighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, to parents William, a butcher and cattle dealer (1861),  and Mary Ann. She was baptised on 23 September 1855 at Bubwith, Yorkshire.

She married John Beal (1852-1934), a plumber, in late 1875 at Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • John Herbert (1876-1892) – inmate of Hull Borough lunatic asylum in 1891
  • Alfred Cawkill (1878-1955) – a plumber, glazier and gasfitter
  • Luther Henry (1879-1949) – a plumber, glazier and gasfitter
  • Frederick William (1880-1969) – a PM Minister
  • Sydney Francis (1882-1957) – a plumber
  • Margaret (abt1884-1891)
  • Edward (b abt1890) – a clerk (1911)

Maria died in July 1910 at Bridlington, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/828

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