Seaman, Fanny (nee Marriott) (1839-1915)

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

On August 19th, 1915, Mrs. George Seaman calmly passed away to rest at the ripe age of seventy-six years. A prominent figure for many years in our Connexional life, she was known and respected by a large circle. 

Born in the little town of Outwell, in the Downham Circuit, on August 15th, 1839, her father and mother were members of our Church. When Rev. George Seaman travelled as a probationer on the circuit he became acquainted with Miss Marriott, to whom he was married at the end of his probation, and for forty-four years she shared his ministerial life and work. She was a true helpmeet for her husband. 

Mrs. Seaman was ever a leader in the activities of the Church; vigorous, energetic, and capable. Having no family tiesm—for their only son died in infancy—her whole time and strength was given to the Church. Especially in Yarmouth, Norwich and Lynn is her memory cherished with regard. For five years she occupied the post of matron to our Elmfield College, and rendered conspicuous service by her love for the boys and her attention to their needs. She is remembered with great affection by many who came under her care in those days. 

Mrs. Seaman regularly attended the Conference gatherings, and seldom missed the Metropolitan Missionary Meeting. The companionships of the Church were her very life. During the last few years she has been laid aside by great suffering, but she lived in the joy of fellowship with her Lord, and in anticipation of reunion with those who had passed to the Homeland.

She was laid to rest beside her husband in Harrogate Cemetery. Revs. W. Younger, H.J. Johnson, and W. Johnson conducted the memorial service. The memory of her life is fragrant and precious to  many.


Fanny was born on 15 August 1839 at Outwell, Norfolk, to parents Henry Marriott, an engine driver (1861), and Elizabeth Cobley (or Cobler).

Before her marriage Fanny worked as a dressmaker (1861).

She married George Seaman (1839-1908) in the summer of 1864 at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Birth records identify one child.

  • John George (1865-1869)

Fanny died on 19 August 1915 at Harrogate, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/241

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: In online transcribed records Fanny’s mother’s surname is spelt Cobler in her marriage record and Cobley in Fanny’s birth record.

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