Quartermaine, Sarah Jane (nee Evans) (1831-1910)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by C. Leafe 

Born at Blackfriars, December 18th, 1831, Mrs. Oliver Quartermaine, after a membership with our Church of nearly sixty years, died January 17th, 1910. Brought to God when but a girl she joined the struggling band worshipping in Elim Chapel, Fetter Lane, and Primitive Methodism has had few more devoted adherents than she. While quite youthful she became the wife of a godly man who now mourns his loss, and is one of our oldest members. Her idea of love was service and she took a leading part in the missioning of King’s Cross and the erection of Winchester Street Church. 

She loved her Bible, and in family worship as well as in public services she was practised in prayer. She loved to testify to the power of Divine Grace. Much given to hospitality, many of the leading ministers of the past found overflowing kindness under her roof. Her children call her blessed; her abounding piety, her sacred example, and her high toned teaching constitute a precious legacy. Above all the Churches, she loved her own with a depth of feeling which led to constant labour and denial. In her illness she inquired anxiously about its welfare, and prayed unceasingly for its prosperity.

Several ministers who knew her well speak of her in the highest terms. May we meet her in heaven. Her remains were interred at Abney Park Cemetery, London, by the Rev. C. Leafe, January 22nd, 1910.


Sarah was born on 18 December 1831 at Blackfriars, London, to parents John, a labourer, and Sarah.

Before her marriage Sarah worked asa book folder (1851).

She married Oliver Quartermaine (1838-1924), a cab proprietor, on 21 August 1865 at St Andrew, Holborn, London. Census returns identify four children.

  • John (1866-1946) – a letter sorter (1911)
  • Annie Elizabeth (b1868) – a confectioner shopkeeper (1901); married George Edward Sims in 1908
  • Oliver (1870-1940) – enquiry agent (1901); blouse maker, outdoor worker (1911)
  • Emily (1872-1944) – a milliner (1901); married William Arthur Serenson, a bookbinder’s finisher (1911), in 1906

Sarah died on 17 January 1910 at Holborn, Middlesex.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/411

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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