Rawson, Mary (nee Woodall) (1835-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by R.H.

In the death of Mrs. Rawson the Barnsley First Circuit has lost an old and loyal member. To the end she kept up a close connection, and was ever ready to assist in a quiet way. She was born at Staniforth on December 20th, 1835, her father, Thomas Woodall, being a barge owner trading between Staniforth and Hull. In 1862 she was married to Arthur Rawson, of Conisby, who was for more than thirty years employed on the G.C. Railway. In the earlier part of their married life they were connected with the Mexborough Circuit, living at Donaly. But in 1880 they removed to Barnsley, and at once associated themselves with the Westgate Church. 

Her life is a gracious benediction to her nine children. Her end was peace. She was interred in the Barnsley Cemetery amid many tokens of deep respect. The writer “improved her death” in the Westgate Church, to which she had been so long attached. She has entered into “the rest that remaineth for the people of God.”


Mary was born on 20 December 1835 at Stainforth, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Woodall and Eliza North.

She married Arthur Rawson (1836-1896), a railway signalman (1881), on 25 July 1862 at Conisborough, Yorkshire. Banns were read at Cinisborough on 6, 13 and 20 July 1862. Census returns and birth records identify nine children.

  • John (1863-1864)
  • Clara (1864-1924) – a servant in Baptist minister’s house (1881); married Frederick Hempshall, a pit top labourer (1911), in 1886
  • Fred Woodall (1865-1922) – grocer’s assistant (1891)
  • Annie Eliza (1867-1869)
  • Alice Darley (1869-1947) – a confectioner (retired) (1939)
  • Eliza Annie (b1870) – married Samuel Evans, a fruiterer (1911), in 1895
  • Maggie (1872-1947) – married John William Bradley, a pawnbroker’s assistant (1911), in 1907
  • Alfred (1874-1925) – a sugar boiler (1911)
  • Arthur (1877-1944) – a sorting clerk & telegraphist (1911)

Mary died in the summer of 1914 at Barnsley, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/416

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Mary was born at Stainforth, not Staniforth as stated in the obituary.

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