Sage, Hezekiah (1835-1914) and Jonah (1841-1916)

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

Primitive Methodism in the South Wales District has suffered a severe loss in the the deaths of the two veteran brothers, Hezekiah and Jonah Sage, of Cross Keys, the former passing away on December 20th, 1914, aged seventy-nine, and the latter on June 7th, 1916, aged seventy-five years. 

They were born near Radstock, Somersetshire, and there while boys heard some of the early preachers. They were converted, joined our Church, and held unbroken membership to the time of their decease. While in their teens they came to Blaina, in Monmouthshire. Soon their names appeared on the old Tredegar Circuit plan as local preachers. Removing to Risca, which was then a part of the Pontypool Circuit, they threw themselves into every branch of Christian work.

As local preachers they excelled, receiving full work on the plan together with frequent calls outside. Often their appointments involved long journeys and many privations. All these engagements were cheerfully kept. In the service of God they found their highest joy. Behind their words was the inspiration of their upright characters. Theirs were lives of true devotion; in all things they were loyal and true to principle. They were towers of strength in all the churches and in all good causes. 

They were leaders of important society classes and teachers in the Sunday school. Their homes were households of faith. They loved the Church and found joy in the fellowship of its members. 

Their afflictions were borne in quiet trust and submission. Their remains were laid to rest in the Risca Cemetery, Revs. J. Griffin, S. Bryant, F.D. Mayer, W. Evans, T. Bates and O.M. Collins conducting the service.


Hezekiah was born abt1835 at Radstock, Somerset, to parents Joseph Sage, a coal miner (1841), and Mary Riddle.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Hezekiah.

  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1871 collier
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 insurance agent
  • 1911 retired coal miner hewer

He married Mary Ann Bright, nee Hines (1830-1920) on 28 December 1859 at Llandenny, Monmouthshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Joseph (1861-1930) – a coal miner (1881); colliery timber man (1911)
  • Mary (b1863) – married Charles Collins, a coal miner (1911), in 1881
  • Jane Ann (1865-1895) – married Thomas George, a coal miner (1891), in 1889
  • Sarah (1869-1904) – a school teacher (1891)
  • Martha (1871-1917) – a dressmaker (1891); married Evan John Davies, a coal miner (1901), in 1900

Hezekiah died on 20 December 1914 at Cross Keys, Monmouthshire.

Jonah was born in the summer of 1841 at Radstock, Somerset.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Jonah.

  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1871 collier
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal miner below ground
  • 1911 retired coal miner

Jonah served as coal miner’s representative on the school board.

He married Jane Haines (abt1836-1896) on 23 September 1863 at Llandenny, Monmouthshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Tom Alban (1862-1928) – a butcher (1891)
  • Mary Jane (1866-1943) – married Harry Haycock, a school master (1911), in 1897
  • Edith (1868-1939) – dressmaker (1891); married Arthur Adams, a coal miner (1911), in 1891
  • Jonah (1870- 1871)
  • Jonah (1872-1947) – coal miner (1891); colliery overman (1911)
  • Bertie (1875-1952) – a PM minister

Jonah died on 7 June 1916 at Cross Keys, Monmouthshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/860

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: L. Bushell was Lorenzo Bushell – Circuit Steward at Cross Keys.

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