Fawcett, Ann (nee Kimber) (1838-1907)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G. Shapcott
Mrs. Fawcett, born at Ramsdale, in Hampshire, was converted at a public meeting held in our church at Burghfield, and at once entered heartily into the work of our church at Charter Alley, especially devoting herself to the Sunday School. Many to-day will recall with gladness her gracious influence upon them in the days of their youth. After awhile she was united in wedlock to Mr. Samuel Fawcett. During the many years of her residence in Reading her home was always open to our ministers and others engaged in the work of God. She was diligent in business as well as fervent in spirit, and had no sympathy with the indolent and “half-timers” at the church services. Though late in business on the Saturday night she was always early in the church on Sunday mornings.
When the family removed to Harlesden and connected themselves with our College Park Church she showed-the same faith and ardent interest in the affairs of our Zion. Though living some distance from our church and advanced in years her regularity and interest in the services and work of the church were both an example and an inspiration. The sudden decease of her husband was a stunning blow to Mrs. Fawcett, but her intelligent and well grounded faith knew no change. She bore her great loss with fortitude and resignation, but after a brief period had a serious collapse, and though recovering for a little while, passed away October 22nd, 1907.
The funeral service was conducted in our College Park Church by Revs. G. Shapcott, R.J. Barrett, J. Sheale, F Pickett, M. Simmonds and C. Spooner, and her remains rest with those of her husband in Willesden Cemetery. A noble woman, a consistent Christian, a devoted wife and mother, we all miss her, but through the blood of the everlasting Covenant we shall see her again on the Resurrection Morn.
Ann was born in the summer of 1838 at Ramsdale, Hampshire, to parents George Kimber, a bailiff (1851), and Susannah Appleby.
Ann married Samuel Fawcett (1836-1907), a butcher, in the summer of 1862 in the Basingstoke Registration District, Hampshire. Census returns identify nine children.
- George Thomas (1863-1923) – a PM Minister
- Annie Maria (1865-1953) – a housekeeper (1911)
- Edith Ellen (1868-1935) – a shop assistant (1911); married Henry Morrell in 1913
- Arthur (1869-1935) – a PM Minister
- Elizabeth (1871-1912) – a butcher’s clerk (1911)
- Louisa (b1872) – a mother’s help (1911)
- Ada Mary (1873-1925) – a school teacher (1911)
- Horace Kimber (abt1877-1924) – emigrated to Canada art 1905; a photographer (1911)
- Ernest Sidney (1881-1924) – a jeweller’s clerk (1911)
Ann died on 22 October 1907 at Harlesden, Middlesex.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/154
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