Watson, Mary Ann Maria White (nee Brenchley) (1858-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine A.W.

The sudden decease of Mrs. Joseph Watson, of Shalmsford Street Church, Canterbury Circuit, on May 7th, has caused much grief throughout the circuit. Born at Northfleet, May 5th, 1858, when seventeen years of age she was converted under the preaching of Primitive Methodists. Thirty-two years ago she joined Shalmsford Street. 

Her attachment to Christ produced a noble character, in which humility, sincerity and unselfishness were outstanding features. All preachers, ministerial and lay, were alike welcome in, her home. Her interest in the Lord’s work extended to the bounds of the circuit, and there were few circuit efforts from which she was absent. 

Her body was interred in the Chartham Cemetery on Tuesday, May 12th, and on the following Sunday evening a memorial service was conducted in Shalmsford Street Church by Mr. E.T. Parks. Our sister will be missed, for she lived to purpose. 

Along with their deepening sense of loss, we pray that Brother Watson and his family may realise all the hope and promise which the Gospel brings, and that underneath them the Everlasting Arms may ever be.


Mary was born on 5 May 1858 at Northfleet, Kent, to parents James Blindfold Brenchley. a railway labourer (1871), and Eliza White.

She married Joseph Watson (1858-1949), a baker (1911), in the summer of 1881 in the Canterbury Registration District, Kent. Census returns identify five children.

  • Eleanor (1882-1900)
  • May (1884-1966) – married Charles Hubbard, a domestic gardener (1911), in 1907
  • Ernest Nicholas (1887-1972) – a carpenter (1921)
  • Hugh Bourne (1895-1918) – a clerk at paper works (1911); died in WW1
  • Doris Violet (b1902)

Mary died on 7 May 1914 at Chartham, Canterbury, Kent.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/579

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