Johnson, Mary (nee Leach) (1828-1901)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by P.T. Yarker 

Mrs. Mary Johnson was born at Normanton, Yorkshire, January 6th, 1829. A child of God-fearing parents, she decided for Christ, and her trust in Him bore fruit in a life of Christian service.

United in marriage to the late Thomas Johnson, of Altofts, in 1856, they, during a lengthy life, gave to ministers and laymen alike a hearty welcome. Their house was opened for preaching service, and thus became a centre of light and spiritual power to the neighbourhood.

The lamp of her devotion shone brightly at home. Her children rise up and call her blessed; five out of six children survive, each interested in the spread of the Gospel of Righteousness and Peace, and three of them workers in our own Church.

Mrs. Johnson was a woman of quick and penetrating  intellect, outspoken, fearless. Her life here closed in peace and serenity; but a few days before her departure the writer found her bright and joyful. Her remains were laid by the side of her husband in Normanton Churchyard, January 24th, 1910, the writer officiating.


Mary was born on 6 January 182 at Normanton, Yorkshire, to parents Timothy, who worked the land (1841), and Mary. She was baptised on 10 February 1828 at All Saints, Normanton

She married Thomas Johnson (1827-1908), a stationary engineman (1901), on 24 December 1855 at All Saints, Normanton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Samuel (b1857) – a railway signalman (1891)
  • Ann Eliza (1858-1921) – married Arthur Poulter, a coal miner, in 1909
  • William (b abt1861) – a railway accountant (1911)
  • John Henry (b abt1865) – a shop assistant house furnishing (1911)
  • Joshua (b1867) – a railway goods clerk (1901); a station master (1911)

Mary died in January 1910 at Normanton, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/828

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Mary’s baptism record identifies that she was born in 1828, not 1829 at stated in the obituary.

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