Mann, Rachel (nee Chafer) (1842-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.E.R.

Petre Street Church has suffered another great loss in the death of Mrs. George Mann, who, after long and patient suffering, entered into rest on February 16th, 1916. Born at Guinness, in Lincolnshire, her father was a Wesleyan, but her mother belonged to our people. 

After her marriage, when they first came to Sheffield, they went to Stanley Street, and then, removing to another part of the town, they joined Petre Street. They became members in 1872, and kept up an unbroken connection with our Church. Whilst our sister never took any leading part, her heart was always in the work, and whatever she could do she did with all her might. All her children are in membership with us. 

We pray for the bereaved husband and the sorrowing family the comfort of the great Shepherd of souls.


Rachel was born in early 1842 at Gunness, Lincolnshire, to parents John Chafer, who worked the land (1851), and Hannah Foster.

Before her marriage rachel worked in service (1861).

She married George Mann (1841-1919), a check weigh man at iron works (1911), in late 1865 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Alexander (1868-1935) – a railway engine driver (1911)
  • Rachel (1870-1966) – married Charles Sheldon, a railway clerk (1911), in 1892
  • Eliza (1880-1956) – a dressmaker (1911)

Rachel died on 16 February 1916 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/489

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Rachel was born at Gunness, Lincolnshire, not Guinness as stated in the obituary. Gunness is also known as Gunhouse.

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