Henderson, Rachael (nee Appleby) (1843-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.T.

Rachael Henderson, wife of Mr. M. Henderson, of Morley Hill, Cumwhitton, was born at Plankey, Langley-on-Tyne, and went home to God May 19th, 1915, aged-seventy-two years. Converted when about sixteen years of age, in early life she attended the Sunday school and public services at Langley. After marriage she went to live at Henshaw, in the Haltwhistle Circuit, where she rendered good service. 

She took great delight in God’s house, and was ever ready to render assistance of a material and spiritual kind. Several of her sons and daughters are connected with the church, and one is an acceptable local preacher. Mrs. Henderson was a woman of a fine type, and took great pleasure in entertaining the preachers for many years. She was a faithful wife and a most devoted mother, generous, kindly, and most self-sacrificing. 

She suffered a lengthy affliction, but no murmur was expressed and no impatience shown. A service was conducted on the lawn in front of the house, and the interment took place in the Cumwhitton Churchyard, Rev. W. Dixon, of Brampton, officiating. This is the first funeral held by Nonconformists in this burying-ground. 


Rachael was born abt1843 at Plankey, Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland, to parents Thomas Appleby, who worked the land (1851), and Elizabeth Pearson.

She married Matthew Henderson (1842-1916), a farmer (1911), in the spring of 1871 in the Hexham Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Thomas William (1872-1937) – a farmer (1911)
  • Matthew (1873-1941) – a farmer (1911)
  • Elizabeth (1875-1959) – farmer’s daughter housework (1911); married George T Fairbairn in 1912
  • John Appleby (1878-1942) – a railway clerk (1911) 
  • Albert (1880-1955) – a cake agent (1921)
  • Harold (1882-1943) – a clothier (1921)
  • Annie Jane (1884-1968) – a farmer (1921)
  • Herbert Stewart (1887-1951) – a farmer (1911)

Rachael died on 19 May 1915 at Morley Hill, Cumwhitton, Cumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/662

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