Edwards, Frances (1803-1837)
Died, April 27, 1837, in the parish of Llandisilio, in the Welshpool branch of Oswestry circuit, Frances Edwards, in the thirty-fourth year of her age. She spent her early days regardless of the great concerns of her soul. And entering into the marriage union, family cares multiplied. At length, convinced of sin, she went to the establishment, but found no rest. The sabbath following she attended the worship of the P. Methodists, and was still more deeply convinced of sin. So soon as another wished for sabbath arrived, she, having arranged her domestic concerns, resorted to a place where a few had assembled, expecting preaching; but to her grief, it proved a class meeting. But Bro. Payne, rather in opposition to the minds of some present, invited her to stop. And she poured out her soul to God in strong cries for mercy and salvation; but did not obtain deliverance: but she soon after found the Lord to the joy of her soul; joined class, and became a steady member; met with much opposition; but she persevered, and clave unto the Lord with purpose of heart.
After this the family removed to the parish of Llandisilio, where she slackened her hand, being at times oppressed with poverty, and loaded with the cares of the world. While in this state she was visited with a rapid consumption; and was in great distress of mind. But through the exertions of Bro. Evans, her class leader, her soul got restored, the fear of death was removed, and she could say, “Thanks be to God who giveth me the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.” With rapture she would sing,
“My soul’s full of glory,” &c.
And with a blooming hope her happy soul took its flight to the realms of eternal felicity.
She has left-a husband and five small children to lament their loss.
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Pages 34-35.