Jacques, Sarah (nee Bailey) (1852-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by B.D.

On September 17th, 1913, Sarah Jacques died as she had lived—quietly and confidently trusting in God. Her life began at Bowden Close, September 16th, 1852, but very early the scene was changed to Gateshead. Here our sister was converted, joined our Church, and for forty-nine years held her membership without a break. Married in 1876 to Mr. Wm. Jacques, Gateshead, Chester-le-Street, Durham, Branhom and Stanley all shared her labours. At Usher Moor she opened her house for services, and with her husband succeeded in establishing a new church.

Nine years ago she returned to Stanley, her interest in her Church remaining unabated. A Methodist true to type, religion was no mere form to her, it was the greatest of all realities, the highest of all joys. The interment at Harelaw Cemetery on Sept. 21st was conducted by Revs. B. Dennison and J. Clennell.


Sarah was born in the spring of 1852 at Bowden Close, Co. Durham, to parents James Bailey, a coal miner (1861), and Mary Blenkinsop. She was baptised on 13 June 1852 at Crook, Co. Durham.

Before her marriage Sarah worked as a domestic servant (1871).

She married William Jacques (b1854), a coal miner (1901), in 1876. Census returns and birth records identify four children.

  • William Barras (1876-1963) – a miner, deputy overman (1911); colliery timekeeper (1939)
  • Jane Mary (1878-1945) – married Mark Robinson, an insurance agent (1911), in 1899
  • Dorothy Ann (1880-1925) – married Robert Lamb Grey, a coal miner (1911), in 1904
  • Sarah Lizzie (1882-1886)

Sarah died on 17 September 1913 at Stanley, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/158

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Sarah’s birth and baptism record identify that she was born earlier in 1852 than the September date given in the obituary.

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