Surtees, Mary Elizabeth (nee Raine) (1855-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

The Ushaw Moor Church, Brandon Circuit, has suffered a great loss in the sudden death, in her fifty-seventh year, of Mrs. J. C. Surtees, wife of the society steward, in her fifty-seventh year. A good woman and a loyal Primitive Methodist, she was liberal in her giving and was ever ready to help on the cause of Christ. A keen supporter of the temperance movement, and the sick also found her a friend. 

Born at Newfield, near Willington, Co. Durham, when fifteen years of age she was converted. She has left three sons, one of whom is Rev. A. Surtees, and four daughters. Her funeral was conducted by Revs. R. Walton, H. Fletcher and W. Atkinson.


Mary was born in late at Newfield, Co. Durham, to parents George Raine, a coal miner (1861), and Elizabeth Douglas.

Before her marriage Mary worked as a domestic servant (1871).

She married Joseph Cook Surtees (1851-1926), a coal miner (1881) in the spring of 1875 in the Auckland Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Alexander (1877-1979) – a PM minister
  • Richard Findley Cook (1880-1917) – a yeast and egg merchant (1911); died in WW1
  • Elizabeth Jane (1882-1931) – married Joseph Mann, a cartman (1921), in 1903
  • Margaret (b1884)
  • George Raine (1886-1967) – miner rolleyway man (1911); a confectioner & fruiterer (1921)
  • Phyllis Eleanor (1888-1962)
  • Mary (1891-1977) – a housekeeper (1921); married Harold Houldershaw in 1927

Mary died on 27 August 1913 at Ushaw Moor, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/997

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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