Reavley, Nathaniel (1833-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.P.

The company of gifted and devoted men and women who made North Seaton society in the Ashington circuit famous years ago has been steadily diminishing, and another loss to the ranks has been sustained in the death of Bro. Nathaniel Reavley, at the age of eighty, on March 12th. 

A member of the society from its beginning, as choirmaster, Sunday school teacher and class leader he rendered valuable service for many years. Though his activity of late years was curtailed owing to the failure of his eyesight he still preserved that cheery and buoyant spirit which characterised him all his life. He was a child of the light and rejoiced in the Lord always because he had learnt that the secret of true happiness is in serving Him. 

His deathbed was a triumph. All who approached it knew that his joy was complete. A service conducted by Rev. W. Pickering was held in the North Seaton chapel, and the remains were laid in Seaton Hirst churchyard in the presence of a large company of sorrowing friends.


Nathaniel was born on 10 January 1833 at Benton, Northumberland, to parents Charles, coal miner, and Eleanor Usher. He was baptised on 27 February 1833 in the Newcastle Wesleyan Methodist Circuit.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Nathaniel.

  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal miner (retired)
  • 1911 retired coal miner hewer

He married Elizabeth Bullock (1835-1903) in early 1854 in the Tynemouth Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Elizabeth (abt1855-1921) – married John Muter, a coal miner (1881) and mineral water maker (1891), in 1874
  • Eleanor (1858-1935) – married Benjamin Shields, a coal miner, in 1879
  • Thomas Bullock (1859-1908) – a coal miner (1901)
  • Charles (1863-1921) – putter (coal mine) (1881); coal hewer miner (1911)
  • Nathaniel (1866-1953) – a coal miner (1891)
  • Sarah Fisher (1867-1953) – married George Hindmarch, a coal miner (1891), in 1888
  • Margaret Ann (1870-1936) – married Alexander Hewitt, a coal miner, in 1892
  • William (1872-1948) – a coal miner hewer (1911)
  • John Usher (1874-1915) – a coal miner (1891); an assurance agent (1911)

Nathaniel died on 12 March 1913 at North Seaton, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/499

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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