Snowden, Mary Jane (nee Waddingham) (1837-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by R.W.K.

Her maiden name was Waddingham, and her native place West Halton, in he Winterton Circuit. Reared in an atmosphere full of religion, she was a member of her father’s class in her teens. Married to the late Mr. Cooper Snowden in 1862, in 1866 they removed to Grimsby, where their subsequent years were spent.

Both were the choice fruit of village Methodism, and many a village cause received their generous help. The husband was translated more than twelve years ago; the widow passed away on November 18th, 1913. Mrs. Snowden was an intelligent, quiet, generous and saintly woman. From her early years her interest in the missionary cause was deep and practical. All through her married life hospitality was ungrudgingly offered to our Church. 

On the memorial stones of many of our chapels in North Lincolnshire the name of Snowden is conspicuous. Several of our sister’s ten children are rendering fine and varied service with the Bethel Church. It would not be easy to find a case to which some ancient and beautiful words apply more completely than to Mrs. Snowden: “She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.” 

The interment took place on November 22nd in the Scartho Road Cemetery, Revs. J. Shaw, F.G. Wallis, T. Buttrick (Hull), C. Mathison, G.W. Meadley and J.W. Bowden taking part in the service.


Mary was born in the summer of 1837 at West Halton, Lincolnshire, to parents John Waddingham, a carpenter (1861), and Fanny Brown. She was baptised on 31 August 1837 at West Halton.

She married Cooper Snowden (1838-1901), a joiner and sawmill proprietor, in late 1862 in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire, probably at West Halton where she was born. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Herbert John (1863-1915) – a manufacturing joiner (1911)
  • Arthur Robert (1865-1944) – a fish merchant (1911)
  • Fanny Maria (1867-1952)
  • Mary Jane (1870-1916)
  • Cooper (1872-1952) – a saw mill proprietor (1911)
  • Sarah Elizabeth (1874-1948) – a school teacher (1901); married Charles Oscar Owers, a Wesleyan Methodist Minister, in 1907
  • Ruth Annie (1877-1964) – school teacher (1901)
  • George William (1879-1959) – a saw mill proprietor (1911)
  • Alfred (1881-1961) – a fish buyer (1911)
  • Alice May (1884-1959)

Mary died on 18 November 1913 at Grimsby, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/247

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