Main, Eleanor (nee Gregory) (1846-1913)

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

On Feb. 10th, after a service in our Ashington church, in which Revs. W. Pickering and J.F. Loveday took part, the remains of Mrs. Eleanor Main were laid to rest in the Ashington churchyard beside those of her husband, who died just over a year ago. 

Her association with Primitive Methodism was formed in early life at West Cramlington when that society was in its heyday. On removing with her husband to Ashington forty-two years ago she threw herself heart and soul into the work of the newly-formed society there. For years she prayed and toiled for the success of the cause, and rejoiced greatly at its prosperity. 

Though suffering long and severely in her later years she maintained a firm faith in God and preserved to the end her interest in the church, of which she was so long a member. Her death took place in her sixty-seventh year. The large company which assembled to the interment testified to the secure place she held in the affections of her friends and fellow labourers.


Eleanor was born in the summer of 1846 at Cramlington, Northumberland,  to parents Christopher Gregory, a coal miner, and Isabella Windlass.

She married Charles Storey Main (1842-1911), a coal miner, in the summer of 1864 in the Tynemouth Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Charles Storey (1865-1921) – coal waste man below ground   
  • Isabella (b1867)
  • Joanna (aka Annie) (1869-1953) – married John Norris, a school caretaker (1911), in 1890
  • Christopher Gregory (1871-1931) – colliery deputy overman (1911)
  • Edward (1874-1932) – a coal miner, master shifter (1911)
  • Lizzie Jane (1875-1915) – married George William Hayes, a colliery rolleyway man (1911), in 1903
  • Mary Ann (1877-1950) – married John William Melling, a tailor’s cutter (1911), in 1903
  • Margaret Ellen (1882-1970) – married Thomas Forsyth Donnison, a butcher (1911), in 1903
  • Edna Alice (1886-1958) – married William Dixon, a roller driver (1939), in 1905

Eleanor died in early 1913 at Ashington, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/499

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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