Sewards, David Moralee (1851-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.C.S.

With the passing of Brother David Seward, of Donnington-on-Bain Society, the  Horncastle Circuit has lost a valuable worker and friend. For over thirty years our brother toiled as a local preacher in the interests of the Kingdom. In all the circuits of Mid-Lincolnshire he was a very welcome visitor. 

For years a member of the District Committee, his presence and sage contributions were always acceptable. In the Horncastle Circuit he was regarded as a father, to whom the younger officials looked for guidance and sympathy. In his own village he was held in highest esteem. 

Our brother’s sufferings were brief, though intensely painful. The sick room was transformed into a sanctuary. He passed home to God on September 30th, 1915. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A.F. Hayden on October 2nd. Our prayers go out for the widow and only daughter, that the grace of God may be sufficient for them, as it was for our brother in the hour of his greatest need.


David was born in early 1851 at Boston, Lincolnshire, to parents John Sewards, a cordwainer (1851) and later a platelayer (1861), and Mary Moralee.

Census returns identify the following occupations for David.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 labourer (Great Northern Railway)
  • 1881 foreman platelayer GNR & Primitive M Local Preacher
  • 1891 platelayer foreman
  • 1901 foreman platelayer
  • 1911 foreman platelayer

He married Mary Ann King (abt1853-1918) in the summer of 1873 in the Boston Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Mary Eiizabeth (1874-1950) – married Joseph Wilson Gilliatt, a blacksmith (1911), in 1892

David died on 30 September 1915 at Donnington on Bain, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/242

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many records have the surname as Sewards rather than Seward as stated in the obituary.

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