Lee, Mary (nee Henderson) (1845-1909)

Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by S.G.D.

MRS. MARY LEE, the beloved wife of Mr. J.H. Lee, of Widnes, passed peacefully to the Eternal Home about the middle of January. For many years she has been a quiet but devoted member of our Church, and one of the best workers. In the special efforts of the Church her co-operation always made for peace and success. Before her marriage and removal to Widnes she was a Sunday School teacher and earnest worker at Ebenezer Church, York, and many to-day testify to the remarkable influence she had over the class of girls committed to her charge there.

From Mrs. Lee the Rev. James Flanagan received—while a guest at their house—the first sum of money which led to the founding of the Sisters’ Home at Southwark. At the Working Lads’ Institute, Whitechapel, the name of Mr. and Mrs. Lee may be seen over one of the beds. It was in the home that Mrs. Lee’s wise and beautiful character, however, was most evident, and it is there her presence will be the most missed.

The Rev. Canon Wright Williams conducted the funeral service in St. Luke’s Church, Farnworth, assisted by Revs. J. Scanes (Wesleyan), J.W. Waddell and J. Bradley, and the Circuit minister.


Mary was born in 1845 at York, Yorkshire, to parents John Henderson, a cabinet maker, and Rose Wilson.  

Before marriage, Mary worked as a milliner (1871).

She married James Hampton Lee (1848-1931), an undertaker (1891), in the summer of 1872 at York, Yorkshire.  Census returns identify four of ten children.                

  • Beatrice Annie (1874-1955) – married Arthur Johnson, a salesman (heavy drapery) (1911), in 1909
  • Edgar Hampton (1879-1957) – a book keeper for livery stables (1901)
  • Ernest Walton (1881-1944) – a mechanical engineer (1901); engine fitter (1911)
  • Florence Marion (1886-1970) – a teacher (1911); married Richard Hartley in 1916

Mary died in January 1909 at Widnes, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/656

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