East, Sarah (nee Major) (1845-1915)

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

For a long period the ministers of Canning Town Circuit found a hearty welcome in the home of the circuit steward, Mr. William East. Some were probationers, and they found a home away from home. To that welcome Mrs. East eagerly contributed an important part. In addition to this, they found in her an earnest worker for Mary Street Church. A descendant of the Spitalfields weavers, our sister was brought up a strict Baptist, and began at fourteen years of age a twenty years’ membership with Shoreditch Tabernacle Church. She had a beautiful disposition, was very fond of little children, happy and vivacious, cheerful and chatty, careful in her home, attentive to her concerns and very devoted to her husband. 

Six years ago she suffered a serious collapse. Steadily the shadow, over her deepened, until at last she was as dependent upon her husband as a little child. This year had but newly dawned when with a sigh she quietly passed to where years are no more.


Sarah was born on 27 June 1845 at Bethnal Green, Middlesex, to parents Tomas Major, a silk weaver (1851), and Elizabeth Brown. She was baptised on 27 November 1853 at St Matthias, Bethnal Green.

She married William East (1837-1923), a house agent (1891) on 15 October 1892 at St Stephen, Tower Hamlets, London.

Sarah died in early 1915 in the West Ham Registration District, Essex.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/496

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