Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.A.B.
In the passing of our sister, Mrs. Ann Gibbons, the church at Chesterfield II. (Brampton) has suffered a great loss. Had the venerable lady lived two more days she would have been eighty-four years old. Actively connected with the Mount Zion church for fifty-six years, she was the oldest member.
Mr. W.E. Harvey, M.P., who gave an address at the funeral, said: It can be said without fear of contradiction that Mrs. Gibbons was a Christian in whom there was no change. Left a complete orphan at the age of seven, later she became she wife of one of the best men it had ever been his privilege to meet, and with her husband she brought up children who were an honour to their name.
It was one of her great pleasures to attend the services of the Church. Humility was her charm. She was exceedingly generous. A hard worker for the Church when it was in low waters, she was one of the first to assist and encourage. The writer of this sketch can also bear testimony to her simplicity of manner, transparency of heart and goodness of soul. She was always bright and cheerful.
Ann was born abt1828 at Brampton, Derbyshire, to parents James and Sarah. She was baptised on 9 September 1929 at Chesterfield.
She married John Gibbons (1827-1897), a potter’s labourer (1861), and later a grocer (1881), on 12 April 1852 at St Thomas, Brampton, Derbyshire. Census returns identify four children.
- Mary Ann (1857-1931) – married Arthur Hewitt Smith, a grocer (1911), in 1880
- John (1861-1907) – a schoolmaster (1901)
- Lucy (1864-1933) – married William Henry Sims, a grocer’s assistant (1891), in 1888
- Matthew (1866-1941) – a yeast dealer (1911)
Ann died in August 1912 at Brampton, Derbyshire. She was buried on 8 August 1912 at St Thomas, Brampton.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/580
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