Rayner, Margery (nee Carr) (1848-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.E.L.

Born at Bamber Bridge, May 3rd, 1848, Mrs. Margaret Rayner was in her sixty-fifth year when, on July 14th, 1913, she was summoned hence. Brought, in childhood, to Preston, her parents sent her to the Sunday School, and at fourteen she was received into Church membership. Her first class ticket, dated 1864, she prized and kept with all subsequent ones. 

In 1868 she was married to Thomas Rayner, a trustee and class leader at Saul Street, and to them were born seven children. A good woman, a faithful wife, and affectionate mother, her life was consistent throughout. The class meeting was her delight, and all forms of Christian fellowship were a profit to her. All her children were taught to attend the means of grace.  Never prominent in church or school, she was ever willing to do all in her power to advance the cause of Christ.

During the last twenty-five years Sister Rayner was a great sufferer, but bore it bravely and patiently. The end came at  Barrow-in-Furness. She was brought home and interred in the Preston Cemetery on July 17th, the service being conducted by Rev. J.E. Leuty.


Margery was born on 3 May 1848 at Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, to parents Thomas Ralph Carr, a shoemaker, and Anne Nancy Ingham. She was baptised on 11 may 1848 at Bamber Bridge.

She married Thomas Rayner (1842-1916), a joiner (1881), on 22 December 1868 at Preston, Lancashire. Census returns identify four of six children.

  • Eliza Ann (1870-1947) – married John Wignall, a general labourer in iron foundry (1911), in 1891
  • Susannah (1873-1958) – married Matthew Suggett, a clothier’s manager (1911), in 1897
  • Caroline (1875-1935) – married Joseph Law, a baker & confectioner (1911), in 1900
  • Mary Elizabeth (1877-1951) – married John Henry Donaldson, a clerk (1911), in 1902

Margery died on 14 July 1914 at Barrow in Furness, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/162

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: The 1911 census return records Margery having six children, not seven as stated in the obituary.

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