Horsfield, Ann (nee Shaw) (1818-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.T.

MRS. HORSFIELD, of Lund, in the Driffield Circuit, passed to her home in Heaven, May 21st, 1909, She was born at Elton, another village within the bounds of this great circuit, on May 20th, 1818. During seventy-five of the ninety-one years of her life she was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church. Written on the back of her trial ticket given to her in May, 1834, are these words, “Found peace with God the 27th of April, 1834.”

The Rev. F. Rudd says:—“I knew her somewhat intimately over sixty years, and never knew her to act in a manner unbecoming a Christian. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a faithful friend. Her uniform kindness and Christian sympathy won the esteem of all who knew her; her loyalty to her church gained the confidence of all Primitive Methodists with whom she was associated; and her catholicity of spirit elicited the admiration of members of other churches.”

When she married Mr. Horsfield, a zealous local preacher, who died many years ago, her house became the home for ministers and local preachers when planned at Lund. To the day of her death nothing delighted her more than the company of the ministers and local preachers of the church she loved. The late Rev. M.B. Stamp married one of her daughters and one son and two daughters are left to mourn her loss.


Ann was born on 20 May 1818 at Etton, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas, a farmer, and Ursula. She was baptised on 31 May 1818 at Etton, Yorkshire.

She married David Horsfield (abt1818-1877), a master tailor & draper (1851), on 6 July 1847 at Etton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Mary Jane (1848-1953)
  • Susannah (1851-1886) – a tailor’s assistant (1871); married Edward Prescott, a butcher, in 1880
  • Ann Elizabeth (1854-1902) – married Matthew Bourne Stamp, a PM minister, in 1875
  • Mary Jane (1856-1932) – assistant grocer & post mistress (1901)
  • Ursula (1858-1933) – a domestic governess (1881); married Joseph Craven Denby, an engine owner (1911), in 1887
  • Samuel (1865-1923) – a greengrocer (1891); a jobbing gardener (1911)

After David’s death, Ann worked as a grocer.

Ann died on 21 May 1909 at Lund, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/657

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