Dickinson, Margaret Isabella (nee Corjeag) (1850-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James Pickett

How great a breach was made in life’s purest and best enrichments when, in March, 1913, Margaret Dickenson, wife of the Rev. Thomas Dickenson, was translated to the Father’s house, only those who knew her well will ever know. For intimate acquaintance made admiration, and homage, and affection irresistible. She was truly one of the noblest and choicest of those spirits who redeem the world by their presence, and make it easier for less dowered natures to pursue their course and fight their battles without utter failure. Quiet, instinctively retiring, charmingly modest, she yet exercised over more prominent lives almost inexpressible influence. For her to be gracious was to be natural, for her spirit was as fine as it was gentle, and as noble as it was human. 

Partial explanations of her serene and beautifully devout life are found in her upbringing. She was the third daughter of Mr. John Corjeag, of Ballawana, Isle of Man, and was trained in one of the most devout households Methodism has helped to rear. Her father was of the old-time Primitive Methodist type, intensely devoted to our Church but most of all loyal to God. However crowded the times might be, adjournment for Scripture reading and prayer three times a day was part of the household habit, from which custom departure was never made. Small wonder that such an atmosphere entered into the blood of the young but consecrated girlish soul, and contributed mightily to make her the fine-souled and elect woman she became. 

That she was of enormous service to her husband in his work as a circuit preacher none would confess as readily as he, as none knew as well as he. Intensely sympathetic with the needs, and especially the distresses, of their people, she moved amongst them—as those of us who were privileged to be her yoke-fellows were well aware—almost as an angel of light and healing. For the visitation of the sick and poor she had particular aptitudes, and they were long and constantly exercised. From her early girlhood down almost to her death she was an ardent and constant Sunday School teacher and a most enthusiastic missionary collector. 

Of what she was as wife and mother it is almost too sacred to speak. Suffice it to say her home life was ideal. Her children rise up and call her blessed, and her husband treasures her memory as of imperishable worth.


Margaret was born abt1850 at Kirk Michael, Isle of Man, to parents John Corjeag, a farmer, and Mary Maria Kenyon

She married Thomas Dickinson (1856-1941), a PM minister, in 1884 on the Isle of Man. Census returns identify two children.

  • John Thomas Corjeag (b1886) – a traveller sewing machines (1911)
  • Florrie (b abt1892)

Margaret died on 20 March 1913 at in the Cockermouth, Cumberland. She was buried at Barrow.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/749

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Although the obituary spells the surname ‘Dickenson’, most records spell ‘Dickinson’.

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