Docking, Martha (nee Simpson) (1840-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by H.S.

For nearly fifty-five years the subject of this sketch maintained an unbroken membership with our Church at London Road, King’s Lynn. For years she was a teacher in the Sunday School, and for thirty- one years a visitor in connection with the Benevolent Society. Pious, sympathetic, of even temper and disposition, she exercised a gracious influence over those with whom she was associated. Failing health and the cave of an invalid husband limited her activities of late years, but her concern for Zion, and her interest in the Church, never waned. Her faith never faltered, and her hope was not dimmed.

She died as she had lived, trusting in the Saviour, whom she had faithfully served since childhood’s days. “Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” The interment, conducted by Rev. H.H. Woodward, took place on October 23rd, 1913, and on Sunday, Nov. 9th, the writer made suitable references to the passing of so devout a soul.


Martha was born in the spring of 1840 at King’s Lynn, Norfolk, to parents John Simpson and Susan Constable.

She married James Docking (1839-1918), a timber merchant’s foreman (1881), in early 1859 at King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Census returns identify four children.

  • Elizabeth Ann (1859-1887) – a dressmaker (1881); married Robert Walter Gamble, a maltster (1901), in 1887
  • Charlotte Lois (1864-1921) – a tailoress (1881); married Frederick James Watson, a lithographic draughtsman (1911), in 1887
  • Martha Simpson (1867-1958) – married William Benton Boor, a stone & marble mason (1911), in 1893
  • Lydia Maud (1884-1980) – married Luther Charles Beaver, a postal clerk (1911), in 1906

Martha died on 23 October 1913 at King’s Lynn, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/243

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