Shooter, Joseph (Joe) (1861-1915) & Mary Ann (nee Bradley) (abt1862-1915)

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

Mr. and Mrs. Shooter, of the New Hey Road Church, Bradford Fifth Circuit, passed into eternal rest, the one six months after the other. Mrs. Shooter, after a long and painful illness extending over fifteen years, died on April 15th, 1915, at the age of fifty-three years, and Mr. Shooter after a few days’ illness, died on October 15th, 1915, at the age of fifty-four years, leaving one daughter of fifteen years. 

They were true and faithful companions in life, and were not long separated in death. Mrs. Shooter bore her long illness with a grand Christian patience and fortitude, and during all the years was most devotedly attended by her loving husband. Both of them had almost a life-long connection with New Hey Road Church, being members when the Society worshipped in Pen Street. Each counted thirty-six years as members of the church, and kept their class tickets for that period, which were placed in the coffins. Both were most loyal members. 

Mrs. Shooter, though deprived by her illness of the means of grace, never lost her interest in the Church, and was always solicitous of its welfare. Mr. Shooter was a most faithful official, a real and transparently genuine disciple of Jesus Christ. He counted no sacrifice too great that Zion might prosper. Never earning a big wage, yet he was amongst the most generous of givers. He was a trustee, class leader, and assistant society steward when he died, and served in former years as school teacher and superintendent. His class book was a model, every member paying weekly, an indication that he was most attentive to his duties as a shepherd of souls. Goodness was written on his countenance. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Shooter were examples of how the grace of God can enable those who trust in Him to bear their sorrows bravely. Their memory will be cherished. Both were buried in the West Bowling Cemetery, Bradford, by the Rev. F. Hobson.

Family

Joe was born in 1861 at Brotherton, Yorkshire, to parents John Shooter, a labourer (1871), and Bessie Rockett. He was baptised on 10 February 1861 at Brotherton.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joe.

  • 1881 refinery labourer (iron)
  • 1891 at refinery iron foundry
  • 1901 railway labourer
  • 1911 railway labourer

He married Mary Ann Bradley in late 1885 at Bradford, Yorkshire. Mary Ann was born abt1862 at Shadwell, Yorkshire, to parents Robert Bradley, a blacksmith (1871), and Catherine Holmes. Before her marriage Catherine worked as a worsted presser (1881). Census returns identify one child.

  • Annice (1900-1975) – a textile cheese winder (1939); married Benjamin White in 1944

Mary Ann died on 15 April 1915 at Bradford, Yorkshire.

Joe died on 15 October 1915 at Bradford, Yorkshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/243

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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