Capewell, Emma (nee Rodgers (1836-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.R.T.

In the passing of Mrs. Capewell on December 28th, 1912, our Church has lost one of its most consistent, generous, and loyal members. Born September 1st, 1836, and converted at the age of sixteen, she straight- way associated herself with Bethel, the mother church of Primitive Methodism, Sheffield, and maintained an unbroken, honourable membership during sixty-two years. 

She loved her Church with a passionate devotion, and in her daily life exemplified the graces of the Christian character. Jesus Christ was ever a bright reality to her. Naturally of a gracious disposition, she cultivated the habit of thinking upon those things that are “true, venerable, just, pure, lovely,” until her life shone with radiant spiritual loveliness. This was not attained without years of painful discipline, but her faith never failed, her courage never wavered. Many of our Connexional institutions have lost a liberal benefactress. 

What a noble mother she was, and how wisely did she order her household. She was laid to rest on New Year’s Day. The officiating ministers were Revs. R.W.B. Whiteway, E. Mather, and J.R. Tranmer.


Emma was born on 1 September 1836 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, to parents George, a leather dresser (1841), and Ann. She was baptised on 27 November 1836 at St Peter & St Paul, Sheffield (Cathedral).

She married George Capewell (1832-1904), a pork butcher, in the summer of 1857 at Sheffield. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Mary Emma (1858-1914) – married William Gyte, a cattle and pig dealer, in 1879
  • Jane Elizabeth (b1861) – married Edwin Wells Smith, a chemist (1911), in 1890
  • Clara Ann (abt1864-1935)
  • Caroline (1866-1931)
  • Ada (1867-1949) – married Joseph Maland, a PM Minister, in 1900
  • John Frederick (1869-1935) – a tinware manufacturer (1912)
  • George Henry (b abt1872) – a commercial clerk (1891)
  • Arthur Thomas (1874-1955) – a bank cashier (1912); later a bank manager

Emma died on 28 December 1912 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/497

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