Langley, Jane (nee Sawdon) (1829-1910)

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

At the advanced age of eighty-one years, Mrs. Jane Langley, of Whitby, passed to the Homeland, after a brief illness, and was interred in Whitby Cemetery November 18th, 1910. The Rev. A.J. Bull officiating; the former part of the service having been held in Church Street Church, where deceased had for many years been a member. 

Our departed sister’s piety was of the quiet, unostentatious type, but she was truly devoted to Christ and the Church. In her more vigorous days it was her joy to attend the means of grace; but during the last few years of her life, owing to physical weakness, she was confined to her home. Nevertheless, her interest in the Church was unabated. For over twenty years she had laboured to the utmost of her ability, along with her daughters, and others, to provide a stall, in connection with the annual Bazaar in aid of the Church Funds. That she could not promise to do work for the next Bazaar, owing to failing strength and eyesight was a source of great grief to her. But having been faithful in the lesser things down here, she was soon to be called to the greater service up yonder.

The departed was much cheered by a letter of appreciation and thanks from the Church Street Trustees, for her long and valuable service, which was read to her a short time before she died. Her sons and daughters, now living, are members and workers in our Church; and she also had the distinction of being the mother of the late Rev. George Langley, one of our most useful and promising younger ministers, who, all too soon from the human standpoint, finished his earthly career, some years ago, when labouring in the Leeds II. circuit. The last illness of our aged sister was short and sharp, lasting only a few days. It might almost be said, “She ceased at once to work and live.” She now rests from her labours, but her work remains.


Jane was born abt1829 at Whitby, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas, a farmer of 109 acres, grocer & tea dealer (1851), and Mary.

She married Thomas Langley (1826-1891), a boat builder. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Ann Elizabeth (abt1859-1922) – married William George Smithson, an architect & surveyor (1911), in 1882
  • Sarah (1861-1929) – a housekeeper (1911)
  • Thomas (1863-1922) – an iron shipyard plater (1891)
  • John (1865-1896) – a butcher (1891)
  • George Langley (1867-1910) – a PM minister
  • William Rickinson (1869-1890)
  • Frederick (1873-1943) – apprentice iron plater (1891); a butcher (1901)

Jane died in November 1910 at Whitby, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/243

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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