Horsman, Ruth (nee Fox) (1839-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Wilkinson

Our Eastville Church, Bristol, has suffered a great loss through the death of our beloved sister, who for the last 26 years has been a consistent and devoted member and worker. She was most regular in her attendance at the Sabbath and week-night services, never spake evil of any one, did much good by visitation, and in quiet ways successfully laboured for the financial and spiritual welfare of the cause. She passed away in her sleep in the early hours of August 24th, 1909. This was according to her often expressed wish. Her husband and family and also the Church mourn her departure. She is “with Christ which is far better.”


Ruth was born in late 1839 at Stapleton, Gloucestershire, to parents William, a labourer (1841), and Elivier.

Ruth supplemented the family income by working as a laundress.

She married John Horsman (1836-1918) on 25 October 1857 at Holy Trinity, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Sarah Ann (1858-1918) – a laundress (1881); married William Cooper, a railway plate layer (1891), in 1881
  • William James (1861-1929) – a stone mason (1911)
  • Elizabeth (b1867)
  • Albert Henry (1867-1946) – a carpenter & joiner (1891)
  • Ruth (1871-1952) – a dressmaker (1891); married Ernest John Holland, an artist (1911), in 1896
  • Emily (1873-1964) – a fancy box maker (1891); married henry John Mountain, a letterpress printer (1911) in 1902
  • Jane (b1875) – a confectioner (1891); married William Herbert Webley, a butter salesman (1911), in 1894
  • Henry John (1877-1906) – a mason’s labourer (1901)
  • Frederick Charles (1879-1938) – a confectioner’s general hand (1901); an insurance agent (1911); emigrated to Canada in 1912
  • Mary (1881-1902)

Ruth died on 24 August 1909 at Bristol, Gloucestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/156

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