Field, Mary Ann (nee Brown) (1841-1914)

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

The subject of this brief memoir was the first daughter of Edwin and Elizabeth Brown. She was born on the 10th of August, 1841, at Wall Heath. At the age of six years her parents removed to Brierley Hill. Blessed with a pious mother, a member of our Church for fifty years, Mrs. Field herself was a member from girlhood, and her loyalty to the Church was unquestionable. Among her many good qualities were a quiet temper and a frank and generous disposition. Her sensibilities were tender, her activities benevolent, her friendship ardent and her dealings honest and honourable. She was a model of humility and patience. As a wife, she was a faithful and true helpmate. As a mother she loved her children dearly, striving for their spiritual welfare as well as their temporal success.

She was laid aside only a short time. The end came on January 14th and was marked by peace. In the death of Mrs. Field, Bent Street Church has lost one of its oldest and truest members.


Mary was born on 10 August 1841 at Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, to parents Edwin, an iron shingler (1851), and Elizabeth Brown.

Before her marriage, Mary worked as a domestic servant (1861),

She married William Field (abt1845-1917), a bandsman at colliery (1901), in the summer of 1870 in the Dudley Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify five of nine children.

  • Elizabeth Matilda (abt1872-1934) – married William Henry Davies, a furnace man at steel mill (1901), in 1898
  • Ellen (b1873)
  • Emma (b1874) – a domestic servant (1901)
  • Mary Ann (b1876) – a housemaid (1901)
  • Phoebe Hannah (b1877)

Mary died on 14 January 1914 at Brierley Hill, Staffordshire


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/498

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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