Medlin, Anna Maria (nee Crapp) (1836-1912)

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

Mrs. Maria Medlin was born in the parish of Gerrans, near St. Mawes, in the year 1836. Her father was a local preacher and class leader with the Bible Christian Sunday School. When in her teens she came to reside at Falmouth, and immediately connected herself with our Church. She was a splendid worker in many ways, especially in collecting for harvest festivals, anniversaries, bazaars, etc., and for over fifty years she was a loyal Primitive Methodist and a consistent Christian. 

Six months before her departure her husband was taken ill, and during the whole of that period she was constantly at his bedside ministering to his needs. The doctor observed that the continual strain was too great a tax upon her strength, and advised her to go to bed. No one then expected her end to be so  near, but on the next day (Feb. 16th) she experienced a glorious translation: “She was not, for God took her.”

Two days afterwards her husband passed peacefully away. On Feb. 21st the funeral service was held in the Falmouth Chapel, and both were interred together in one grave at the Cemetery, Rev. J. Jenkins officiating.

On the Sunday following, Mr. Jenkins conducted a memorial service in the Chapel, a large congregation being present to show their sympathy.


Maria was born in 1836 at Gerrans, Cornwall, to parents John Crapp, who worked the land, and Mary Ann Carey Cloak. She was baptised on 18 June 1837 at Pellet, Cornwall.

She married Thomas Medlin (1834-1912), a mason (1871), in late 1853 in the Falmouth Registration District, Cornwall. Census returns identify eight of eleven children.

  • John (1854-1918) – a mason (1871); emigrated to New Zealand; died in Bendigo City, Australia
  • Emmiline (1859-1919) – married Thomas Jackett, a yacht and boat builder (1911), in 1874
  • Anne (b1861) – a laundress (1891)
  • Thomas (1863-1921) – a ferryman (1901)
  • Mary Jane (b1870) – a grocer’s assistant (1891)
  • Philip (b1871) – a blacksmith (1901)
  • Katie (b1876) – a dressmaker (1891); married Arthur Allen Martin, an HM Customs Preventative man (1911), in 1895
  • Ethel (1883-1948) – married Philip Smith, a sailmaker (1911), in 1901

Maria died on 16 February 1912 at Falmouth, Cornwall.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/660

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