Hitchcock, Louisa (nee Bishop) (1846-1913)

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

The beloved wife of Mr. James Hitchcock, the circuit steward of the Yeovil Circuit, was born at Yeovil on October 17th, 1846, in a cottage situated in what was then known as The Mill Lane. In her early maidenhood she gave her heart to the Lord and ever since was a faithful and industrious follower of her Lord. At one time she was one of a band of plodding workers at South Street, but when her husband went to Newtown to superintend the Sunday School and to lead the class, she made her religious home there. 

For a number of years she graciously supported her husband in his official duties, and took charge of the home, so that he might devote his energies to the church he loved. As wife and mother she will be long remembered by a numerous family, for the fragrance of her piety was felt everywhere, but particularly in the home. 

The closing years of her life were years of intense suffering due to a weak heart. After nearly two years of patient waiting she was translated to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October the 8th, at sixty-six years of age, and interred on the following Monday at the Yeovil cemetery, where, after a large company had gathered at South Street chapel to pay their last respects to the dead. She was committed to the ground, the Rev. Joseph J. Hodson, circuit minister, officiating both at the church and the graveside. The memorial service was held at Newtown on October 19th. Hers was the blessed end of the righteous. Her last beautiful testimony was that comforting message that “All is well.”

“Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine,
Living with Jesus a new life divine,
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord I am thine.”

Family

Louisa was born on 17 October 1846 at Yeovil, Somerset, to parents John Bishop, a leather glover (1861), and Rachel Warry.

She married James Hitchcock (1845-1922), a sawyer (1871) and later a railway porter (1891), in early 1865 at Yeovil, Somerset. Census returns identify seven of nine children.

  • Emily Kate (1866-1944) – married John Taylor Clark, a grocer’s manager (1891), in 1888
  • Fred (1868-1952) – a railway guard (1901)
  • Mary (b1870) – married Reginald William L Down, a quantity surveyor (1911), in 1895
  • Ada Louisa (1872-1946) – married Charles Rogers, a carpenter & joiner (1911), in 1893
  • Arthur James (1876-1961) – a printer machine manager (1911)
  • William Tom (1878-1959) – a railway parcel porter (1911)
  • Florence Maud Minnie (1881-1975) – a dressmaker (1901); married Frank Swetman, an engineer’s machinist (1911), in 1904; married William F Stainer in 1848

Louisa died on 8 October 1913 at Yeovil, Somerset.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/78

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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