Brabban, Margaret (1827-1906)
Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Emerson Phillipson
Margaret Brabban, the daughter of James and Mary Brabban, was born March 5th, 1827, at Fawdon Square, Northumberland. From childhood she had been associated with Primitive Methodism, and when quite young became a member of the church. After a few removals, her parents located themselves at Marley Hill, and for over fifty years she had been identified with that church.
The Rev. B. Dennison writes: “She impressed me as being a genuinely good woman, she loved her Master, she loved her church, and her heart and home were ever open to the servant of Christ.”
Rev. E. Campbell says: “She was one of the church’s best workers, quiet and unobtrusive in her life, yet active and energetic in her work. She was a true friend, a wise counsellor and carried with her the charm of a saintly life.”
Rev. M. Johnson writes: “During my five years superintendency of the Burnopfield Circuit, I had special opportunities of knowing Mrs. Brabban intimately, and the more I knew her, the higher was my esteem for her character and work, she was a shrewd, thoughtful, kindly and helpful woman, a good neighbour, mother and wife. She did a great deal of quiet Christian service, and was ever ready to assist in time of need.”
Rev. James Taylor also says: “Mrs. Brabban always impressed me as a genuine Christian, kindly, attentive to her Christian duties, ever seeking to advance the welfare of the church of her choice.”
On the morning of March 17th, at the age of seventy-nine “she fell on sleep.” On March 19th all that was mortal was laid in St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Durham. The funeral service was conducted by the Revs. E. Phillipson and J. Williams. Many gathered from all parts to show respect for one who was loved by all who knew her.
Margaret was baptised on 15 July 1827 at St John, Newcastle upon Tyne. Her parents were James, a coal miner, and Mary Ann.
She married Thomas Roddam (or Rodham) (1827-1874), a coal miner, in early 1864 in the Gateshead Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify one child.
- Isabella (abt1865-1930) – a dressmaker; married James Bell in 1905
Margaret married William Brabban (1828-1916), a coal miner, in the spring of 1877 in the Gateshead Registration District, Co. Durham.
She died on 17 March 1906 at Durham.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/159
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