Holland, Sam (1855-1912)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine
Mr. Sam Holland has left behind him a memory that is fragrant. His genial good humour and affability, his inborn kindness and courtesy, made him a welcome companion and friend. His religion was real and manifest in all his deportment, and kept him bright and cheerful when he had much to depress him. The test of it came with his painful and protracted illness. But his faith in God never faltered. Those who ministered unto him marvelled at his patience. He had just entered upon his fifty-eighth year.
Born of Primitive Methodist parents at Donnington, Lincolnshire, his nature opened to the saving influences around him. Everything connected with church life absorbed him. Since his marriage he has resided at Derby, Lydd, Sheffield, and during the last twenty years at St. Helens, where he has rendered fine service to Westfield Street Church. Always punctual and always reliable, he will be specially remembered for his urbanity and devotion to the post of sidesman.
He passed to his rest March 24th, 1912, and on the following Sunday a memorial service was held.
Sam was born in 1855 at Donnington, Lincolnshire, to parents David Thorpe Holland, a labourer (1861), and Elizabeth. he was baptised on 1 April 1855 at Donnington.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Sam.
- 1861 scholar
- 1871 apprentice to a tailor
- 1881 railway signalman
- 1891 sewing machine agent
- 1901 insurance agent
- 1911 Prudential Insurance agent
He married Annie (1859-1921) circa 1884.
Sam died on 24 March 1912 at St Helens, Lancashire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/663
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