Maxwell, Mary Pattinson (1883-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.E.L.

A deep shadow fell upon the Haltwhistle Church and Sunday school on Monday, December 21st, 1914, when it became known that Miss Mary Pattinson (Mamie) Maxwell had been, with tragic suddenness, summoned to her eternal rest. Miss Maxwell was the daughter of the late John Maxwell, and for seven years she was the comfort and stay of her mother, who is now bereft of all she holds dear. At the age of thirty-one years a life of great promise is closed. 

Brought up under pious influences, and trained in the Sunday school, the subject of this memoir developed a strong character, which revealed itself in many ways. How happily she could control children as a teacher among the infants! What expression was noticed in her playing of the organ and leading of public praise! Choice in her selection of companions, she held fast those whom she gathered around her. Her last appearance at the organ was on Dec. 6th, when she played at the evening service of the “Ladies Day.”

At the interment, on December 24th, many tokens of regret and esteem were shown, and every effort made to bring comfort and consolation to the bereaved mother. She is sorely smitten; let the churches pray for her.


Mary was born on 25 May 1883 at Haltwhistle, Northumberland, to parents John Maxwell, clerk to guardians & superintendent registrar (1891), and Mary Pattinson. She was baptised on 4 July 1883 at Haltwhistle PM Chapel.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Mary.

  • 1891 scholar
  • 1901 no occupation listed
  • 1911 no occupation listed

Mary died on 21 December 1914 at Haltwhistle, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/500

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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