Grundy, Martha (nee Geary, nee Worthy) (1834-1912)

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

In the passing of Mrs. Grundy, on her seventy-eighth birthday, in November, 1912, Curzon Street Church, Leicester, has lost its oldest member and one of its founders. Her husband was for some time choirmaster and she was a choir member for sixty years. 

She came of a Primitive Methodist family, and her mother had the distinction of being society steward at Wigston Magna for many years. Our sister became a widow thirty-three years ago, and was left with a family of four children, three of whom survive her. She toiled bravely to keep her home and children in respectability, and her work in the factory and her domestic burdens and sorrows did not prevent her attendance at the sanctuary. Her delight was in the House of God.

An insidious disease afflicted her for twelve months, but the weariness and the loss of fellowship were borne bravely. She has joined the choir invisible.


Martha was born in 1834 at Wigston Magna, Leicestershire, to parents John Worthy, a Chelsea pensioner (1851), and Frances Plant. She was baptised on 21 December 1834 at Wigston Magna.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Martha.

  • 1881 overlooker (shoes)
  • 1891 no occupation – living with daughter, Florence

She married Thomas Geary (1836-1857), a framework knitter, in late 1856 at Leicester, Leicestershire.

She married Alfred Grundy (1838-1879), a carpenter (1861), on 26 April 1859 at St Margaret’s, Leicester, Leicestershire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Martha Elizabeth Worthy (1859-1949) – married Alfred Rudkin, a bricklayer, in 1881
  • Alfred Edward (1861-1943) – carpenter (1881)
  • Florence Abigail (b1867) – married Alfred Appleby, a railway inspector (1911), in 1889
  • George Harry (1871-1884)

Martha died in November 1912 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/832

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