Craven, Mark (1845-1916)

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

York I, Circuit has lost one of its most trusted and faithful officials by the death of Mr. Mark Craven, who passed to the Homeland on February 6th, 1916. He was born at Thixendale, near Fridaythorpe in the Pocklington Circuit, on March 17th, 1846. 

He came to York at the age of twenty-one, and attended our services at Ebenezer, Little Stonegate; here, as he often said, “I was soundly converted.” Mark Craven was a brother beloved, a Primitive Methodist of the old type. He was a man with some distinct characteristics, original, and sometimes quaint, a man held in high esteem by his brethren, a good comrade and a faithful friend; always at the post of duty, never known to miss an appointment; as a class leader regular and punctual. For many years a member of the District Committee, he was several times delegate to District Meetings, and twice to Conference. Because of his Christian character he was honoured and trusted; this was evident by the large circle of friends who attended the funeral service. 


Mark was born on 17 March 1845 at Thixendale, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Craven, a shepherd (1861), and Mary Ann Lumley. He was baptised on 20 April 1845 at Wharram Percy, Yorkshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Mark.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 groom
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 grocer’s porter
  • 1891 provision dealer
  • 1901 provision dealer
  • 1911 provision dealer

He married Ann Banks, nee Blanchard (1833-1871), in late 1866 in the Malton Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Mary Ann (1869-1937) – a provision dealer (1891); married John William Whitehead, a glass bottle stopperer (1911), in 1891

He married Martha Calvert (1849-1934) on 19 October 1877 at Sheriff Hutton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Florence (1878-1918) – dressmaker (1901)
  • George Alfred (1880-1887)
  • Harold Calvert (1891-1962) – a baker & grocer (1921)

Mark died on 30 January 1916 at York, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/782

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Mark’s baptism record indicates his birth in 18435, not 1846 at stated in the obituary. His probate record gives the date of death as 30 January 1916, not 6 February as stated in the obituary.

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