Day, Mary Ann (nee Jeakings) (1847-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

Mrs. Day was born in the village of Tetworth in 1847. Surrounded by helpful influences and associated with the Sunday school, she grew up within the Church. Gifted with a beautiful voice, and passionately fond of singing, she used to train the children for their anniversaries. 

Coming to Luton more than forty years ago, she and her husband became associated with the High Town Society, but joined the Church Street Chapel upon its opening, thirty-four years ago. She was a pillar of the Church, sustaining its services, tramping miles and begging pounds for its funds.

Apart from the Church she performed many beautiful ministries. In the sick chamber she was like one of God’s angels. In the home she was an ideal wife and mother. 

She died with tragic suddenness, but her end was peace and her body rests in the Luton Cemetery. The Church Street friends have placed a memorial tablet on the wall of the chapel close to the seat which she occupied so regularly for many years.


Mary was born in 1847 at Tetworth, Huntingdonshire, to parents William Jeakings, a carpenter (1851), and Mary Ann.

She married Thomas Day (1845-1916), a straw hat manufacturer (1911), in the summer of 1867 in the St Neots Registration District, Huntingdonshire. Census returns identify six of ten children.

  • Alice Elizabeth (1868-1943) – married Arthur Henry Hensman, a builder (1911), in 1893
  • Herbert William (1871-1872)
  • Rosa Florence (1873-1943) – married Rupert William Bryant, a draw hat warehouseman (1911), in 1899
  • Walter Thomas (1877-1949) – an assistant teacher (1911)
  • Gertrude Fanny (1880-1945) – married Harry Watkins Gillam, an accountant’s clerk (1911), in 1904
  • Frederick George (1883-1933) – straw hat manufacturer (1911)

Mary died in late 1914 at Luton, Bedfordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/744

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