Southwell, Bates Broadbent (1859-1915)

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

There passed into the Homeland from Norland, Sowerby Bridge Circuit, on October 20th, 1915, Bates Broadbent Southwell, aged fifty-six years. Born and bred in Norland village, he early became associated with Mount Zion, was a most diligent steward, and held at the time of his decease two trusteeships and the co-superintendency of the Sunday school. Great was his delight in the House of God; he gave remarkable loyalty to all its services and generous support to all funds.

His, too, was an unstinted and sacrificial service. Always was his home open to Our preachers. As a member of long standing in the choir, great was his love and passion for holy song. He truly believed in being a jolly Christian. We pray God’s comfort for his widow and large family. 


Bates was born on 1 July 1859 at Norland, Yorkshire, to parents James Southwell, a cart driver (1861), and Betty Broadbent.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Bates.

  • 1871 worsted doffer
  • 1881 dyer’s labourer
  • 1891 engine stoker
  • 1901 engineer factory
  • 1911 engineer

He married Susan Holroyd (1859-1932) on 9 September 1878 at St Mary, Elland, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven of ten children.

  • Betsy Ellen (1880-1887)
  • Mary Hannah (1882-1917) – weaver coating (1911)
  • Kenyon (1884-1966) – an iron turner (1911)
  • Fred (1888-1918) – draper’s assistant (1911); died in WW1
  • Ellen Louisa (1890-1967) – dressmaker (1911); married Harry Dewhirst, an engine fitter (1921), in 1917
  • Florence May (1895-1982) – weaver coating (1911); married Clifford Mallinson, an iron turner (1939), in 1918
  • Doris (1900-1934) – married James Frederick Sutcliffe in 1930

Bates died on 20 October 1915 at Norland, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/248

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