Hay, Isabel (nee Riddell) (1843-1913)

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

A typical Northumbrian, Mrs. Hay was born at Netherton, whence she removed in girlhood to Ashington. After her marriage she and her husband joined our newly-formed cause there, and laboured zealously to make Primitive Methodism a power in the district. 

Our sister was not demonstrative, believing more in deeds than in words; but her life was transparently religious. Her kindly disposition and her loyalty to her Lord and his cause endeared her to a wide circle of friends.

Her passing on Feb. 20th, in her seventy-fifth year, after a brief illness, made another gap in the ranks of those who built up the Ashington society. Rev. W. Pickering conducted the funeral service.


Isabel was born in 1843 at Netherton, Northumberland, to parents Robert Riddell, a coal miner, and Jane Scott.

Before her marriage Isabel worked as a dressmaker (1861).

She married John Hay (1842-1910), a coal miner, on 15 March 1862 at Morpeth, Northumberland. Census returns identify one child.

  • Mary (1864-1937) – married William Wilson. a drapery manager (1911), in 1886

Isabel died on 20 February 1913 at Ashington, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/498

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many records spell her maiden name ‘Riddle’

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