Neild, Ann Sutcliffe (nee Buckley) (1825-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Geo. Armitage
Mrs. Ann Nield has passed into the presence of God at the ripe old age of 84 years. The widow of Mr. Luke Nield, one of the saints and stalwarts of Lees Road Church, she was herself probably the oldest Primitive Methodist in Oldham.
Born in 1825, near to the village of Delph, at the early age of seven she worked to support the family. When about 14 years of age her family removed to Oldham, and she was sent to our school in Boardman Street, where she was taught to read and write. About that time she entered into fellowship with Jesus Christ. She had many interesting reminiscences of the fervour and evangelism of our Church in those conquering days. Our sister was a teacher in the Boardman Street Sunday School, and accompanied the church to its fourth home, with its splendid pile of buildings in Henshaw Street.
On her marriage in 1867, Mrs. Nield became a member of the Lees Road Church. She was a quiet and faithful Christian, ever anxious for the prosperity of the Church, and generous in its support. In early days, though somewhat quick in temper, she was genuinely good, ready to console in trouble, and to help those in need. Her home life was sweet and gentle and good, and her son and daughter and grandchildren have an abiding inspiration in her memory.
Mrs. Nield was blessed with a strong physical constitution, and up to her 80th year was able to attend to her household duties. It was frequently the privilege of the writer to visit Mrs. Nield during her later years. Her trust in the Saviour was calm and unbroken. Tenderly ministered unto by loved ones she passed through the gates of life on Tuesday, 11th January, 1910, and was interred by the Rev. George Armitage at Chadderton Cemetery, in the presence of a large company of friends. Her life was saintly, her end was peace.
Ann was born abt1825 at Saddleworth, Yorkshire, to parents Joseph Buckley, a gas and water fitter (1861, and Mary Sutcliffe. She was baptised on 2 October 1825 at St Chad, Saddleworth.
Ann worked as a cotton weaver before her marriage (1861).
She married Luke Nield (1827-1887), a cotton carder (1881), on 1 January 1867 at St Mary, Prestwich, Lancashire. Ann was Luke’s second wife and acted as stepmother to his family with his first wife.
Ann died on 11 January 1910 at Oldham, Lancashire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/323
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