Cook, Dinah (nee Porter) (1850-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.F.L.

Easington Lane Society lost a quiet yet sincere member in the death of Mrs. Cook, which took place on January 21st of this year. For sixteen years she had been a most consistent and devoted member, and for years before she entered into membership she was closely connected with our Church. Mrs. Cook was the daughter of a well-known local preacher of the northern counties, Ben Porter, the sister of the late Rev. J.F. Porter, and mother of the Rev. J.J. Cook, one of our successful junior ministers.

Her last illness was short but severe. During the days that she suffered her grip on God seemed to become firmer, and her end was indeed a peaceful entering into rest. She was buried on Sunday, January 24th, at Easington Lane Cemetery. The Rev. J. Fryer Loveday conducted the service. She leaves a daughter and four sons to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.


Dinah was born in the spring of 1850 at Coxhoe, Co. Durham, to parents Benjamin Porter, a blacksmith, and Margaret Fletcher. She was baptised on 19 May 1850 at Kelloe, Co. Durham.

Dinah married John Cook (1848-1895), a check-weigh man (1891), in early 1879 in the Houghton le Spring Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify six of seven children.

  • John Joseph (1882-1973) – a PM minister
  • Benjamin Porter (1884-1973) – a coal miner – hewer (1911)
  • Margaret Fletcher (1885-1968)
  • William Bartholomew (1887-1954) – a colliery labourer (1911)
  • Jane Porter (1889-1892)
  • George (1891-1953) – a newsagent (1921)

Dinah died on 21 January 1915 at Easington Lane, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/748

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