Dawson, Mary (nee Moffat) (1827-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

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

On November 1st, 1911, Mrs. Mary Dawson, of Bradford, passed away, aged 84 years. Born near Alston, in Cumberland, in 1827, our sister was converted in our Alston Chapel when seventeen years of age, and, joining the Church, maintained an unbroken membership with Primitive Methodism for over sixty-seven years —forty-two of these having been spent at Great Horton.

Her husband—Mr. Thomas Dawson, of Allendale, who passed away in 1864—was a Local Preacher of high repute and worth. Their home was ever open to our ministers. Left a widow, with six young children to bring up, she did her work well, as is evident from the loyalty of her children to the Church of their father and mother. Our sister’s faith in God, her love for His house and people, her sympathy with those in trouble and need, her thoughtfulness for those about her, were marked features of her life, and won for her the love of all. 

The interment took place on November 4th, Revs. J.J. Reeves, J. Morrison and H. Pickup officiating.


Mary was born in 1827 at Alston, Cumberland, to parents Peter, a lead miner (1841), and Mary.

She married Thomas Dawson (1818-1864), a lead ore dresser (1861), on 23 May 1850 at Alston, Cumberland. Census returns identify six children.

  • Elizabeth (1851-1881) – a dressmaker (1871); married Joseph Dewhirst, a commercial clerk (1881), in 1872
  • Mary (b1853) – a certified elementary teacher (1881); married John Bennett, a PM minister
  • Hannah (1855-1877) – a dressmaker 91871)
  • Thomas (1857-1909) – a stuff and worsted merchant’s clerk (1891)
  • Margaret Ann (1859-1939) – elementary pupil teacher (1881); married Arthur Bennett, a warehouse foreman (1911), in 1891
  • Hugh (1862-1886) – a farm servant (1881)

Mary died on 1 November 1911 at Great Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/162

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