Henshaw, Sarah (1852-1908)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

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

Sarah Henshaw, of Loscoe Road, Codnor, entered the higher service on July 29th, 1908, after a long and painful affliction. She was born at Golden Valley (Ripley Circuit) and enjoyed in early life the blessing of a Christian home. Her parents were both connected with our church there—her father being an acceptable local preacher, class leader and school superintendent.

While in her teens she sought and found the Saviour and for nearly forty years clung to the church of her parents—her death occurring when she was fifty-six years of age. She married Mr. Thomas Henshaw and doubtless her influence aided in his conversion, and he afterwards became a local preacher and owes much to her faithful and loyal help. During her life she sought always to help the church of her choice; she loved the means of grace and found joy in class meeting, prayer meeting and the various services of God’s house. She did not fill a large place in official life, but in the home and amongst her neighbours did quiet and earnest service. 

A good wife, a kind and lenient mother, she had the joy of seeing two of her children joining our church. These both died before her, after entering homes of their own. Three others are left along with the husband to mourn her loss. Her kindly aid will be missed in church and home.

In health she loved work and toiled for others. In sickness she bravely endured and patiently clung to the promises of God.

The burial took place at Codnor and Loscoe Cemetery on July 29th, service being conducted by the vicar, assisted by Rev. H. Haynes. A numerous company attended. A memorial service was held in Nottingham Road Church, Ripley, on September 27th, when Rev. T.B. Caukwell preached to a large congregation. May the children follow the mother’s Saviour and in God’s good time all the family be reunited in our Father’s house.


Sarah was born in 1852 at Golden Valley, Derbyshire, to parents Benjamin, a coal miner and PM local preacher, and Mary.

She married Thomas Henshaw (1849-1932), a coal miner, in the summer of 1869 in the Belper Registration District, Derbyshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Benjamin (1870-1901) – a railway crossing gatekeeper (1901)
  • Ann Sarah (1872-1945) – married Robert Henry Kilbourne, a coal miner, in 1891
  • Eliza (abt1874-1903) – married Daniel Foulds, a coal miner, in 1894
  • Zachariah (1876-1937) – a coal miner
  • Thomas (1885-1957) – a stationary engiineman (1911)

Sarah died on 26 July 1908 (not 29 as stated in the obituary) at Codnor, Derbyshire.

Thomas married Elizabeth Meakin Winters in late 1909.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/914

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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