Pendlington, Mary (nee Atkinson) (1839-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.S.

Our sister passed to the Homeland on January 9th, 1915, and South Shields Circuit loses one of its oldest and most highly respected members, and one who was closely associated with its development for over seventy years. Born in 1839 and, as an infant, carried to the Temple Town Chapel by her father, she continued her association as a member of the society, a Sunday school teacher, and a choir member until the time of her marriage with George Pendlington. 

Removing in 1869 to America, at one mining camp our friends established a Primitive Methodist society whose services were held in a wooden building on the open prairie. In 1873 they returned to England, and were both closely associated with the origin and development of our Boldon Colliery Society. Our sister was untiring in her devotion to the cause of God and to the interests of Primitive Methodism. 

In 1884, on the death of her husband, Mrs. Pendlington removed to Tyne Dock and joined our Lord Nelson Street Church, where she rendered devoted service in a variety of ways. She rests in the Boldon Cemetery.


Mary was born in 1839 at South Shields, Co. Durham, to parents Thomas Atkinson, a pitman (1851), and Ann Burnham.

She married George Pendlington (1836-1884), a coal miner (1861). Census returns identify six of eight children.

  • John Atkinson (1861-1914) – a machinery merchant (1911)
  • Joseph (1867-1942) – a steam engine maker, fitter & turner (1901)
  • Benjamin (1869-1943) – linotype operator (1911)
  • Mary Annie (b abt1872) – married Robert Thomas Stoddart, a boiler repairer at loco works (1911), in 1908
  • Jane Alice (1875-1892)      
  • Georgina (1882-1953) – a jeweller’s secretary (1911); bookkeeper and cashier (1939)

Mary died on 9 January 1915 at South Shields, C. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/744

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