White, Charlotte (nee Hayhoe) (1860-1911)

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

Our sister passed to God, after much suffering, in the Durham Hospital, on Sunday morning, January 8th, 1911. Fifty years before, she commenced life on the banks of the Wear, at Sunderland, and she often talked of her father’s important contracts there. Afterwards the family moved to Langley Park, near Durham, where she married and where also her mother died very suddenly. She has since resided at Waterhouses, and at New Brancepeth. 

For ten years she had been a sufferer, but the last months of her life were painful in the extreme, yet exhibiting a spirit of patience and resignation wonderful to behold. She was an intelligent, earnest and devout Christian, present at the services of her Church whenever possible, a power in a prayer meeting or class meeting, and willing to work with her hands for the good of the cause.

Mrs. White was an enthusiastic temperance worker, being the president of the local branch of the Women’s Total Abstinence Union, an office she filled with great ability and acceptance. 

A crowded church gathered to honour her memory at the funeral on January 11th. The service was most impressive, the lesson and prayer being taken by Rev. H. Fletcher, while a heartfelt appreciation of Mrs. White’s life and character was given by Rev. J.W. Clifford, M.A. and “Eternal Light”, her favourite hymn, was sung. By her husband’s wish, at the memorial service on Sunday, March 12th, the pulpit was draped in white. We feel sure that our sister’s beautiful and fragrant life will not only be the inspiration of her husband and family, but a saving influence to all who knew her.


Charlotte was born on 20 December 1860 at Ferrybridge, Yorkshire, to parents George Hayhoe, a founder (1861), and Susan Burdis.

She married James White (b abt1855), a coal miner (1901) on 25 December 1880 at Esh, Co. Durham. Census returns identify five children.

  • George Herbert (b1882) – a scrubber man (1911)
  • John Ernest (1885-1959) – a coal miner (1911)
  • Lily Susannah Hayhoe (1887-1919 – married George Raine Surtees, a miner rollaway man (1911), in 1912
  • Charlotte Winifred (1889-1948) – married Arthur Bussey, a colliery deputy overman (1939), in 1915
  • Cecil Hayhoe (1896-1917) – died in WW1

Charlotte died on 8 January 1911 at Durham, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/160

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Records identify her birthplace as Ferrybridge, Yorkshire, not Sunderland as stated in the obituary, although the family were in Sunderland at the time of the 1861 census when Charlotte was a few months old.

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