Toyn, Mary Jane (1836-1914)

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

By the death of Mrs. Toyn, wife of Mr. J. Toyn, J.P. (ex-agent and president of the Cleveland Miners’ Association), and mother of Rev. J. Toyn, our Church lost a most respected member of over sixty years’ standing in the Guisborough and Saltburn Circuits. 

When health allowed she was always a diligent attender at the means of grace, and her thoughts and prayers were ever for the welfare of Zion. She was a liberal contributor, not only to our Church, but to all good causes. A devoted wife for fifty-four years, and one of the best of mothers, so deeply was she loved by all her children that the eldest son, when cabled for at short notice, came a journey of eight thousand miles to see her in her last illness. Her affliction was borne with Christian fortitude. Her faith in the Lord Jesus never wavered. 

She lived nobly and died triumphantly. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. G.J. Lane. Her memory will ever be a sweet and fragrant inspiration to all who knew and loved her.


Mary was born in 1836 at Great Ayton, Yorkshire, to parents James Murray and Elizabeth Robson. She was baptised on 17 April 1836 at Great Ayton.

She married Joseph Toyn (1838-1934), a miner’s agent, circa 1861. Census returns identify five of six children.

  • Samuel Henry (1861-1861)
  • Caleb (abt1864-1903) – a telegraph clerk (Post Office)
  • William (b1865) – a junior clerk, land agent office (1881)
  • Jane Elizabeth (1867-1936)
  • Joseph (1870-1938) – a PM Minister

Mary died on 14 July 1914 at Saltburn by the Sea, Yorkshire. She was buried on 17 July 1914 at Saltburn Cemetery.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/486

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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