Hewitson, Alice (nee Sunter) (1843-1915)

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

Mrs. Alice Hewitson was born at Arkengarth in Yorkshire, in 1843. When she was young her parents removed to the County of Durham, and settled in the Shildon Circuit, where the best work of Alice Hewitson’s life was to be done.

She joined the Church when a girl, and continued in membership for more than fifty years. A teacher in the school for twenty-seven years, her class was composed of young men, several of whom became ministers of the Church, two of them entering our own ministry, viz. , the Revs. W. Shenton and J. Ellwood. When she became a local preacher her special work was done as an evangelist. She was called the “singing evangelist,” and conducted successful missions in the Auckland, Shildon and Clay Cross Circuits. In 1912 she came to Horden Colliery, where she was lovingly cared for by her daughter. She passed away on September 14th, 1915, at the age of seventy-two, and her body was interred in the Horden graveyard.


Alice was born in 1843 at Arkengarth, Yorkshire, to parents William Sunter, a coal miner (1851), and Eleanor Dinsdale.

Alice married John Hewitson (1840-1902), a call miner (1871), in the summer of 1859 in the Auckland Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.

  • Ellen (1862-1920)
  • Hannah (1869-1941) – married Edward Coates, a coal miner (1891), in 1886; married Henry Hodgson, a coal miner, in 1900

Alice died on 14 September 1915 at Horden Colliery, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/998

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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