Clare, Mary Ann (nee Mould, nee Hardman) (1823-1915)

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

Primitive Methodism has had no more loyal and devoted adherent than Mrs. W. Clare, who, at the ripe age of ninety-two years, passed away on November 7th, 1915. A native of Mosley Common, near Manchester, she was for more than three quarters of a century in unbroken membership with our Church. Over fifty of these fruitful years were spent in the Walkden Circuit, of which station her husband was for long the honoured steward. Her interest in the churches there, particularly in the one at Worsley Road, with which she was connected, never flagged.

Our friend had an unusually vigorous type of mind, and took a keen interest in the political controversies of the day. On matters of health and domestic economy she was an unfailing “guide, counsellor, and friend.” 

The funeral service was conducted by Revs. H. Davenport and J.T. Taylor.


Mary was born in 1823 at Tyldesley, Lancashire, to parents James, a labourer (1851), and Ellen.

She married Thomas Mould (d bef1851) on 26 July 1847 at Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire.

She married William Clare (1832-1908) in the spring of 1856 in the Leigh Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

Mary died on 7 November 1915 at Little Hulton, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/244

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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