Wallace, Watson (1844-1915)

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

Mr. Watson Wallace, born at Tynehead, near Alston, on January 22nd, 1844, passed to the Homeland on July 5th, 1915.

His home in early life was one where the preachers were welcomed, and he attended the Sunday school in Garrigill. After marriage he settled in Nenthead, where he began business as a general dealer, and had considerable success. He became a member of the congregation, but it was not until 1895 that he decided for Christ. His conversion was genuine, for at once he commenced to work, becoming a trustee and Sunday school teacher. 

Of a bright and cheery disposition, he was loved by all. He was kindly and generous in spirit, and was upright and conscientious in business transactions. He would rather suffer himself than cause trouble to others. His widow and grown-up family are connected with our Church. The funeral service was conducted by Revs. G. Armstrong, J. Graham, W. Dixon, and H.A. Routledge (Wesleyan).


Watson was born on 22 January 1844 at Tynehead, Garrigill, Cumberland, to parents John Wallace, a lead miner (1841), and Ann Watson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Watson.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 blacksmith
  • 1871 blacksmith
  • 1881 blacksmith
  • 1891 blacksmith & ironmonger
  • 1901 draper & grocer
  • 1911 grocer & draper

He married Hannah Greenwell (1842-1874) on 7 January 1871 at Alston, Cumberland. Census returns identify two children.

  • Sarah (1870-1947) – assistant grocer & draper (1911); married Anthony Thompson, an ore dresser (1921), in 1910; birth registered as Sarah Greenwell
  • Joe (1872-1938) – a blacksmith (1911)

He married Rachel Rutherford (1857-1941) in early 1878 at Alston, Cumberland. Census returns identify five children.

  • Thomas (1878-1935) – a blacksmith (1911)
  • William (1879-1950) – a grocer’s assistant (1911)
  • Hannah (1882-1961) – married George Henderson in 1917
  • Annie (1886-1961) – married Sydney Featherstone Stout, a grocer’s cartman (1911), in 1910
  • Lilian (1891-1956) – a assistant grocer & draper (1911); married Herbert Ernest Stout, a horse driver in lead mine (1921), in 1912

Watson died on 5 July v1915 at Nenthead, Cumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/833

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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