Collins, Martha (nee Wright) (1855-1914)

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

Mrs. Martha Collins, widow of the late Rev. Thomas Collins, passed home to God on Easter Sunday morning, April 12th, after a brief but painful illness. She was born at Northenden September 26th, 1855, daughter of the late John Edward Wright, of Hope House, Brooklands.

From her earliest years she was a teacher in the Sunday school and an earnest worker in the church at Northenden Road, Sale. She received her first ticket of membership in her twenty-first year. In 1882 she was married to Rev. Thomas Collins, who was then stationed at Belfast. They travelled together at Tunbridge Wells, Manchester II., Newton Heath, Rochdale, Earlstown, Skelmersdale, Portland, Radstock, and Southampton II. Station. On the death of her husband on the Southampton Circuit in 1901 our sister took up her residence in the town, and remained a faithful member and devoted worker in the Church till the end.

The end came somewhat suddenly and unexpectedly in her fifty-ninth year. She was laid away to rest among her own loved ones in the place of her birth. The funeral was a large and impressive one, friends from St. Helens, Burnley, Bury, Manchester, Willington, Flixton, and Skelmersdale being present to show their respect to the memory of the deceased. The Revs. J.H. Hunt, J. Yearsley, and R.M. Rutter took part in the service at the graveside. The memorial service was held in the Sale Chapel.


Martha was born on 26 September 1855 at Northenden, Cheshire, to parents John Edward Wright, a hay and corn dealer (1881), and Ellen Peers.

She married Thomas Collins (1855-1901) in the summer of 1882 in the Altrincham Registration District, Cheshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Ellen (b1883)
  • Stephen Henry (1884-1963) – a schoolmaster (1911)

Martha died on 12 April 1914 at Southampton, Hampshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/665

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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