Haddon,Margaret (nee Owen) (1858-1913)

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

The wife of Rev. B. Haddon was the daughter of the late Mr. W. Owen, a prominent official of the South Shields Circuit and a popular local preacher in the Newcastle and Sunderland District. Associated with Primitive Methodism from her childhood, her marriage in 1888 brought her new associations and demands, and to these she faithfully and cheerfully responded. Everywhere she exercised a kindly and hospitable ministry, no claim upon her service and sympathy being made in vain. 

A bright personality, deliberate in speech, and of a reflective mental habit, her estimates of men and movements were a valuable asset to her husband’s ministry. Nervous and sensitive in temperament, a great reader and a close observer, her knowledge of life was as mature as it was illuminating, while a lively sense of humour relieved much of its tedium and added zest to its toils and burdens. Though extremely shy of the demonstrations of affection, her friendships were abidingly true and faithful, and being perfectly natural and gracious in manner her sympathetic ear secured many intimate confidences, while to enlist her interest was to unlock a storehouse of kindly feeling and comprehension. 

Severe and continued affliction, accompanied by a great bereavement (the death of her eldest daughter), was borne with exemplary fortitude. Since going into residence at Bristol last July, and until a few weeks before the end, she enjoyed comparative freedom from pain and a moderate degree of health. She passed away on November 18th, and was laid to rest beside her daughter in Saltwell Cemetery, Gateshead, leaving her husband with a son and daughter to mourn their loss.


Margaret was born in 1858 at South Shields, Co. Durham, to parents William Owen, captain of steam ferry (1861), and May Ann Munro. She was baptised on 4 October 1858 at Durham.

She married Bartholomew Haddon (1861-1939) in the summer of 1888 at South Shields, Co Durham. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • William Owen (1889-1895)
  • John (1891-1952)
  • Olive Mary (1899-1913)
  • Margaret Doreen (1901-1935) – a teacher

Margaret died on 18 November 1913 at Bristol, Gloucestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/239

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