Silversides, Margaret (nee Flower) (1846-1913)

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

The village church at Sewerby, on the Bridlington station, sustained a great loss when Mrs. J.  Silversides passed to her rest on Saturday, March 29th, 1913. She was born at Sewerby in 1846, and gave her heart to God at the age of sixteen, becoming a member of the Wesleyan Church On her marriage in 1869 she became a Primitive Methodist, and went to live at Ruston Parva on the Driffield Circuit. There she entertained the preachers as they came to their various appointments.

After three and a half years, however, she and her husband returned to Sewerby. At their home in that village many of our ministers were royally entertained. Mrs. Silversides was never an official, but she was one of those loyal and self-sacrificing members upon whom ministers and officials feel they can depend. Quaint, ofttimes were her methods of working for the Church she loved. 

She was buried in Sewerby churchyard, the officiating ministers being Revs. J. Ecob, George TuckerF.E. Heape and H. Woodcock.


Margaret was born in 1846 at Sewerby, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Fowler, a labourer, and Jane Stephenson. She was baptised on 17 May 1846 at Bridlington, Yorkshire.

Before her marriage Margaret worked as a dairy maid (1861)

She married John Harrison Silversides (1847-1916), a farm labourer (1871), on 29 November 1869 at Sewerby with Marton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ??? children.

  • Thomas Harrison (1874-1947) – a railway porter (1911)
  • Henry (1876-1950) – a joiner (1901)

Margaret died on 29 March 1913 at Sewerby, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/996

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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