Clark, Sarah Ann (nee Vining) (1831-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Turner

Mrs. Clark was born at Shepton Mallett, and removed to South Wales with her parents very early in life. They were prominently associated there with the Primitive Methodist cause. Mrs. Clark’s mother was on the plan as a preacher for many years. Their daughter joined the Viney Hill society and became a great worker and good supporter of the cause for over forty years. 

She was particularly enthusiastic in regard to the missionary side of the Church’s work, and as long as strength held out she annually made a canvass of the district round about. She was eighty years of age and had been a widow for thirty-one years.

She passed to the higher life December 16th, 1912. The Rev. W. Turner officiated at the funeral service. The Sunday evening following a memorial service was held in the Viney Hill chapel, Mr. Frederic Fennell being the preacher.


Sarah was born abt1831 at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, to parents Samuel, a shoe maker (1841), and Elizabeth. She was baptised on 4 February 1832 at Shepton Mallet.

She married Richard Clark (1822-1882), a coal miner (1871), in late 1849 in the Pontypool Registration District, Monmouthshire. Census returns and birth records identify six of seven children.

  • Elizabeth (b1851)
  • Mary Ann (1852-1918) – married William Lewis, a coal miner, in 1872; married John James, a ship’s rigger (1901), in 1889
  • Harriet Elizabeth (1854-1859)
  • Eliza Jane (1857-1937) – married John Hunt in 1890; married Samuel Workman in 1921
  • Hannah Maria (1861-1955)  – married George Workman, a builder and joiner (1911), in 1883
  • Frederick (b1867)

Sarah died on 16 December 1912 at Viney Hill, Gloucestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/580

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