Snaith, Ann (nee Tiffin) (1836-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Mrs. Ann Snaith, wife of the venerable Rev. John Snaith, changed mortality for the higher life on August 2nd, 1915, in Saskatchewan, Dominion of Canada, where Mr. and Mrs. Snaith, in the spring of last year, joined several of their children who had found a home in the new land. 

Mrs. Snaith’s active habits and generally robust health was maintained to the end, which came suddenly, and after a few hours’ illness the labourer’s task was o’er.  Not many sisters of our Israel have left behind so long and charming a record, or left a larger circle of sincere friends. From every circuit where she laboured will arise much sympathy for the aged veteran and his bereaved household. It needs but to be said that all her three sons entered the ministry, and that her four daughters in various fashion have occupied positions away from the common walks of life, to prove that the mother was a woman of no ordinary type. 

In earlier years our sister knew the exercise of a rigid economy, unremitting toil, and possessed a genius to make the most and best of every condition. As we remember her in that time we think of her unfailing optimism, a faith that never faltered, an energy that never flagged, a hope undimmed. Ever full of good cheer, and a resolution that subdued mountains, her sympathies were broad and deep, and her hand ever ready to assist the afflicted and the needy. We pray that many like faithful and noble women may be given to the Church.


Ann was born in 1836 at Stock Moor, Cumberland, to parents Richard Tiffin, a miller (1841), and Sarah Waugh. She was baptised on 8 May 1836 at Durham, Cumberland.

She married John Snaith (1836-1923), a PM minister, in the summer of 1864 at Hexham, Northumberland. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Richard Tiffin (1865-1951) – an insurance agent (1901); emigrated to Canada in 1906; a farmer (1911)
  • Sarah Maria (1867-1952)
  • John Allen (1869-1945) – a PM Minister
  • Annie Livinia (1871-1941) – married George Hollis, a farmer; emigrated to Canada
  • Margaret Dalton (1872-1960) – married James Johnson Maxwell, a teacher; emigrated to Canada
  • Herbert William (1874-1926) – a PM Minister
  • Elizabeth Jane (1877-1954) – married Rufus John Kirkland, a PM Minister; emigrated to Canada in 1920

Ann died on 2 August 1915 in Saskatchewan, Canada. 


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/153

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