Towse, Martha (nee Addison) (1833-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F.E.T.

Mrs. Martha Towse was born at Market Weighton on March 4th, 1833, and entered into rest at Selby on December 14th, 1914, in her eighty-second year. Reared in a home of piety and discipline, and brought up in Primitive Methodism, in girlhood she received a change of heart and never lost her religious experience.

A few years after her marriage she removed to Selby, and retained her membership with the Selby Church for fifty years, being at the time of her death the oldest member. Regular in her attendance, a ready helper, and self-sacrificing, she was a good, true, quiet soul, devoted to her family and the Church. Gradually the body failed until she longed for rest, and in dying said, “I will fear no evil.”

She was interred at Selby Cemetery on December 6th, Revs. F.E. Thistlethwaite and L. Robinson taking part in the service. A memorial service was held the following Sunday evening, conducted by Rev. F.E. Thistlethwaite.


Martha was born on 4 March 1833 at Market Weighton, Yorkshire, to parents John Addison, who worked the land (1841), and Margaret Turner. She was baptised on 8 March 1833 at Market Weighton.

She married Robert Towse (1832-1904), who worked the land (1861) and railway labourer (1871), on 8 December 1860 at Goodmanham, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Margaret (1862-1878)
  • Addison (1869-1951) – a journalist (1901)
  • Laura (1870-1950) – married James Smith, a tailor’s traveller (1911), in 1900

Martha died on 14 December 1914 at Selby, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/328

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