Holmes, Hannah (nee Burgen, nee Cutill) (1827-1910)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Robert Harrison 

“Howe’er it be, it seems to me
’Tis only noble to be good;
Kind hearts are more than coronets
And simple faith than Norman blood.”

A quiet but effective life came to a close on Sunday, March 13th, 1910, when Mrs. Hannah Holmes, of Hull, found rest in heaven. Born of truly religious parents, she was early associated with our cause, and her attachment thereto never weakened through all years she lived. Leaving Howdendyke the family came to Hull, and joined the famous Church Street Society, a place with imperishable memories. In 1858 they removed to Howden, where her father, Samuel Cuttill, rendered excellent. service as Society Steward. In this work his daughter greatly assisted him, thus at an early age made herself useful to the cause she loved so well. It was in this way she came to know many of the preachers of that day, whose memory she cherished with almost sacred reverence. In the home of her childhood they found generous hospitality.

We remember well her eminently devoted life in Grimsby 1st Circuit. At Victoria Street she was a pattern of piety. In all work for the church there was ever a willing worker and giver. After seven years the family removed to Hull and joined Hessle Road Church.

During the closing years of our friend’s life she was identified with St. George’s Road Society. Here her health broke down, and she became an invalid for four years. Those years witnessed sanctified resignation, patience in suffering, and ever brightening hope of heaven. Those who visited her were blessed. She was a sensitive, serious and generous woman, her life was redolent with the rich fragrance that comes of the consciousness of the Divine Presence.

Such is real sainthood. She was interred in Spring Bank Cemetery, Hull, the Rev. C. Mathison officiating.


Hannah was born abt1827 at Howdendyke, Yorkshire, to parents Samuel, who worked the land, and Sarah.

She married Robert Burgen (b abt1819) in early 1843 at Hull, Yorkshire.

She married William Holmes (b1844), a fisherman’s outfitter (1891), on 12 August 1869 at Howden, Yorkshire.

Hannah died on 13 March 1910 at Hull, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/658

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.