Evans, Jane (nee Deakin) (1860-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Enoch Shepherd

On September 13th, 1912, with startling suddenness, Mrs. Evans was called away. The only daughter of William and Sarah Deakin, she was born at New Works, Dawley Circuit, in 1860. Her father was a local preacher and leader for fifty years. Her mother was equally high in character and devout in spirit. Their home was ever open to the Lord’s servants. 

Early in life she surrendered herself to the Saviour, and entered earnestly into His service. Mrs. Evans was most happy in her marriage, and by her ceaseless industry, self-sacrificing devotion to home, her kindness of heart, delightful hospitality and loyal attachment to the house of God, she endeared herself to a large circle of friends. She was richly gifted and possessed a very tender heart. Her husband could not have given such time and service to our Church but for the never-failing support of his wife. The children owe more than they can ever know to the influence of their mother’s godly life. The husband, the children, the Church and Walsall Circuit all sorrow together in their great loss.


Jane was born in late 1859 at New Works, Wellington, Shropshire, to parents William Deakin, a coal miner, and Sarah Chilton.

Before her marriage, Jane worked as a board school teacher (1881).

She married John Evans (b abt1859), an assurance superintendent (1901), in late 1881 in the Madeley Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Arnold Deakin (b1893) – a clerk in leather manufacturers office (1911)
  • William Reginald (b1897)

Jane died on 13 September 1912 at Walsall, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/243

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