Howson, Chapman (1844-1906)

Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.P. Osborne

Our Church at Wetherby and the Tadcaster Circuit have suffered a severe loss by the sudden death of Brother Chapman Howson, aged sixty-two years. On Sunday, July 1st, 1906, he had a seizure, and fell in his garden, and in about half-an-hour passed away.

His early days were spent at South Ferriby, in Lincolnshire. He was apprenticed to the building trade at Barton-on-Humber, where he was converted, and joined our Church when about nineteeen years of age.

When he completed his apprenticeship he removed to Leeds, and joined Rehoboth Church, in the Third Circuit. He threw himself heartily into the work of the school and church, and won the esteem and love of many. When Belle Vue Church was projected and built, he became a trustee, and one of the pioneer workers, filling most efficiently the offices of class leader and Society steward. Some ten years ago, he came to reside at Wetherby; where he proved of great service to our Church, filling the position of treasurer to the Trust, etc. 

Six years ago he passed under the dark shadow of bereavement by the death of Mrs. Howson. From that time he has been subject to much weakness and suffering, which were borne with fortitude and submission.

His piety was deep, strong, manly, and practical. He was hospitable and generous. Our Church has lost a liberal supporter and friend, whose place it will not be easy to fill. The interment took place on the Wednesday following his death in the Wetherby Cemetery, close by his departed wife. His funeral was largely attended, there being present members of the Wetherby Parish Council (of which he was a member), friends from Leeds, Tadcaster, and elsewhere. The funeral service was held in our chapel, being conducted by the Rev. J.P. Osborne, assisted by the Revs. A. Wilkes, of Coventry, and J.H. Hindle, former ministers of the Circuit. On Sunday evening, July 8th, a memorial service was conducted by the writer.


Chapman was baptised on 19 January 1844 at South Ferriby, Lincolnshire. His parents were William, a stone quarry labourer, and Maria.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Chapman.

  • 1861 bricklayer’s labourer
  • 1871 bricklayer
  • 1881 master bricklayer, employing 1 man & 2 boys
  • 1891 builder bricklayer
  • 1901 retired builder

He married Mary Ann Goy (1842-1900) in the spring of 1866 in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire. Birth records suggest they had five children between 1873 and 1883 who all died in infancy.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/409

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