Todd, Isabella (nee Currah, nee Coatsworth) (1834-1914)

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

Mrs. Isabella Todd, of South Shields, changed mortality for life on Sabbath, January 11th, 1914. She was a native of Teesdale, Durham, but most of her life was spent in connection with our Church at Guisborough and South Shields. 

Her remarkable personality, ruled and guided by love to Christ, made her always a grand asset in Church life and work. The home of our dear sister was always a source and centre of genial and inspiring fellowship, as well as a place of generous hospitality. She was a woman of ideas, of wide interests in life, and with a broad, healthy motherliness, beneath which many found shelter and re-invigoration.

Through a long period of widowed years she made a brave struggle for her children, of whom remain Mrs. William Johnson, late matron of Hartley College; Rev. T.E. Currah, and Miss Todd, all of whom were literally given to our Church. Mrs. Todd knew what it was to walk the shadowed way, but she walked it with no despairing step. She knew how to change the chastening to blessedness. Many beside her family revere her name, and know how true are the words that “The memory of the just is blessed.”


Isabella was born 1834 at Middleton in Teesdale, Co. Durham, to parents Thomas Coatsworth, a lead farmer & farmer (1851), and Mary Tallentire. She was baptised on 11 October 1834 at Middleton in Teesdale.

She married William Currah (1831-1866), a shepherd, in late 1855 at Middleton in Teesdale, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.

She married Thomas Todd (1841-1872) in the spring of 1871 in the Teesdale Registration District. Thomas had a daughter, Margaret Hannah (1867-1951), by a previous relationship.

After the death of her second husband, Isabella worked as a grocer in Guisborough until she retired to South Shields.

Isabella died on 11 January 1914 at South Shields, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/577

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