Cornwell, Hannah Sarah (nee Jackson) (1828-1915)

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

Mrs. Cornwell, one of the oldest Primitive Methodists in Hull, passed to the Homeland on October 29th, 1915, at the ripe age of eighty-seven years. On the Sunday before her death she attended three services in connection with the Fountain Road Chapel Anniversary. 

She was born in Hull, joined West Street Church when a girl, met in Band Meetings with the venerable William Clowes, and knew many of the giants of those early days. When Fountain Road Church was opened she was one of the first members, and continued in membership with that church to the end.

Her character was outstanding. Always bright and cheery, and very original in her sayings was she. To her Lord and His Church she was sincerely devoted. The proud distinction of being head of five generations belonged to Mrs. Cornwell. 

The funeral service in the Fountain Road Church was conducted by the Rev. F. Winterburn.


Hannah was born abt1828 at Hull, Yorkshire, to parents George, who worked the land (1851), and Margaret.

Hannah worked as an assistant laundress before her marriage (1851).

She married Joseph Tummon Cornwell (1830-1900), a lath render (1881), on 26 October 1851 at All Saints, Sculcoates, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Edward (1852-1924) – a blacksmith striker (1881)
  • Harriet (1855-1940) – married David Blanch Wells, a mechanical engineer in rolling mill (1911), in 1875
  • Joseph Tummon (1859-1908) – a lath render (1881)
  • Walter (1862-1911) – a lath render (1881)
  • George Alfred (1866-1919) – a rullyman (1911)
  • Thomas (1872-1938) – a police constable (1911)

Hannah died on 29 October 1915 at Hull, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/156

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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