Potts, Jane (nee Rowley) (1844-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

Mrs. Potts was the daughter of William and Hannah Rowley, of Bilston, who were associated with the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Their daughter at a very early age began to attend our church and Sunday school at High Street. Converted when about fifteen years of age, she at once joined the church and became a member of the choir. She became a distinguished singer, and her services were very much sought after. 

After her marriage with the Rev. Isaiah Potts she joined him in all good work, and took the deepest interest in the missions which he organised and conducted. She was frequently seen in the great crowds which gathered in the open-air, singing the praises of God with all her heart. An enthusiastic missionary collector, she collected large sums for our Missionary and Church work, and gave systematically and proportionately of her income. 

She was a splendid bazaar worker. At her last circuit in Sheffield she occupied the position of president of a large Sisterhood, and regularly attended the weekly meetings. While she had done so much for our Church, she had been a great sufferer, and for the last year her sufferings had been intense. She was a most affectionate mother, and was deeply concerned for the well-being of her children. 

She passed away in peace and triumph in her seventy-first year. The interment took place at Selby Cemetery on Saturday, December 12th, 1914. The officiating ministers were Revs. F.E. Thistlethwaite and L. Robinson, and the former conducted an impressive memorial service in our Selby Church on Sunday, December 13th, 1914. The service was most inspiring and helpful.


Jane was born in 1844 at Bilston, Staffordshire, to parents William Barrett Rowley, a gas fitter (1861),  and Hannah Allum. She was baptised on 31 March 1844 at St Leonard’s, Bilston.

She married Isaiah Potts, a PM minister, on 21 February 1864 at Ettingshall, Staffordshire. Census returns identify two of six children.

  • Cecil (1880-1937) – a domestic gardener (1911)
  • Ethel Esther E A (b1883) – married William Routledge Hall, a professor of music (1901)

Jane died on 8 December 1914 at Selby, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/248

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