Jewitt, Margaret Moffatt (nee Darrie) (1854-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Pickering

In that band of queenly women who have served our Church with singular devotion we include the late Mrs. M.M. Jewitt, of Castleside, Shotley Bridge Circuit. Though born beyond the border, nearly all her life was spent in Northumberland and Durham. Thirty-three years ago, with her husband, she came to Castleside and joined our Church there. Since then the name of Jewitt has stood in that quiet village for high and holy influences. 

Though of a retiring disposition, our sister was a loyal Christian and an ardent Primitive Methodist. Any project likely to advance the Kingdom of God always received her ungrudging support. She took a keen interest in the welfare of the circuit, and during the last eleven years her family box raised over fifty pounds for our missionary funds. 

After months of increasing weakness she passed quietly away on December 9th, 1915, in her sixty-second year, and was laid to rest in Castleside Churchyard. We sympathise deeply with the husband and five children —all members of our Church—who mourn her loss.


Margaret was born abt1854 at Swinton, Berwickshire, to parents Robert, who worked the land (1861), and Isabell.

She married Robson Jewitt (1852-1933), a bootmaker (1911) in the summer of 1874 in the Hexham Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify five of six children.

  • Eleanor (1875-1951) – married George Raine, an ironworks fireman (1911), in 1903
  • William (1878-1940) – an incorporation accountant (1911)
  • Robert (1880-1949) – boot shop- assistant (1911)
  • Isabella Mary (1883-1960) – boot shop-assistant (1911); married Alfred Deans, a casual labourer (1939), in 1914
  • Meggie Jane (1886-1945) – married Frederick Dodd Fewster, blast furnaces frontside foreman (1921), in 1913 

Margaret died on 9 December 1915 at Castleside, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/564

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