Holland, Hannah (nee Lear) (1827-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William B. Bache

Our departed sister commenced life at Middlewich eighty-five years ago; but her parents removed to Tunstall while she was very young. When fifteen years of age she yielded her life to God, and became a member of our Tunstall Church, where she remained in close fellowship for thirty-four years. 

Removing to Wolstanton, she and her late husband at once united with our Church there. Losing her husband four years later, our sister felt that the double duty of parentage rested upon her, and right faithfully she discharged that obligation to her six fatherless children. 

A most devout follower of her blessed Master, she had a great love for the ministers of the gospel, and talked freely of their labours and hardships in her early days.

The end came on December 16th, 1912. The interment on the following Saturday was conducted by Revs. W.B. Bache, J. Teece and W. Lansdell. The Vicar pronounced the Benediction at the grave.


Hannah was born abt1827 at Middlewich, Cheshire, to parents Joseph, an engineer and blacksmith (1851), and Ann.

Before her marriage Hannah worked as a burnisher of china (1851).

She married John Holland (b1829), a potter (1851), in the spring of 1854 in the Wolstanton Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify six of seven children.

  • Ann Elizabeth (b1855) – a dressmaker (1881); married Joseph Slater in 1882
  • Rachel (1856-1934) – married Thomas Caulcott, a joiner, in 1882
  • Hannah (b1859) – a domestic servant (1881); totally blind in 1911
  • Sarah Leah (b1861) – a domestic servant (1881)
  • Joseph (b1864) – a potter (1881)
  • Arthur (1866-1918) – a newsagent (1891); totally blind in 1911

Hannah died on 16 December 1912 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/415

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