Peake, Rosabella (1835-1875)

A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by her husband, Samuel, is attached. He records an extract of her journal as follows, which demonstrates the centrality of her faith to her life.

Writing November 15th, 1874, she says, ‘‘Since I wrote last I have had much affliction. After we came to Leintwardine I longed for a revival of the work of God. My soul was much burdened for the salvation of the people. Then the anxiety of my mind caused me to neglect my body. My health gave way, and I was confined to the house for about five months. During all that time I felt no conflict, no condemnation, but constant peace. Praise the Lord for ever. When at Tremarithey last July I was very ill with cholera. My life, to all appearance, was nearly gone; I did not expect to last many minutes longer. But Jesus was with me. I had no fear. My feet were on the rock, and it was firm ground. My loving and compassionate Saviour held me up through all my illness. I realized that underneath and around and about me were the everlasting arms. My gracious God has taught me some precious lessons through this sickness. First, the value of personal, not only interest in, but intercourse with Jesus. Secondly, my confidence is increased. I believed before that the Lord would be with me in sickness and in death, and now I have proved it, and can say in unbounded confidence with Paul, ‘For I know, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.’ The blessing of holiness, which I have enjoyed more or less of for some years, has of late been more fully revealed to me, and enjoyed by me. The lord opened to my mind the first verse of the xii. of Romans, ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren,’ &c. I saw, or rather God showed me, that if I gave my body, soul, spirit, time, talents, mind, memory, will, affections, yea, all things known and unknown, to him, laid them all upon the Altar, His blood cleansed me, and I was made holy. I saw that I had done all that I could by giving my all to God, and then if I did not believe I was cleansed and made holy it would be sin in the sight of God. I saw then, and still see, that this is how the blessing of sanctification is obtained and also retained. 


Rosabella was born on 23 December 1835 at Upper Newton Farm in the Cwm Circuit, Herefordshire, to parents Thomas and Margaret. She was baptised ops 20 January 1836 ay Clodock and Longtown, Herefordshire.

She married Samuel Peake on 4 December 1860 at Weobley, Herefordshire. Census returns and birth records identify six children.

  • George Newton (1861-1916) – a manufacturer of rainproof garments (1901)
  • Rosabella Alice (abt1864-1867)
  • Arthur Samuel (1865-1929) – theologian
  • Emily Margaret (1867-1959) – married Thomas Gresty, a farmer, in 1900
  • Albert Edwin (1869-1870)
  • Ernest Vincent (b1871)

Rosabella died on 7 October 1875 shortly after giving birth un the Ludlow Registration District, Shropshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877/498

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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