Woodhall, Hannah (nee Nicholson) (1803-1875)

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

Hannah, relict of the late Rev. R. WOODHALL, was born at Kilpin, near Howden, Lincolnshire, October 30th, 1803. At the age of sixteen years she was converted to God under a sermon preached by the late Rev. J. Branfoot. She was married to Mr. Woodhall in the year 1823, and for eleven years following shared with him in labours abundant, privations many, and successes cheering. On the 20th October, 1834, our departed sister was left a widow with four small children. 

As Bradford Circuit was the last station on which her husband had laboured, and where they had formed a circle of friends, she returned hither, and for forty years lived a consistent godly life, and trained her children in the way to heaven. During her last illness she had occasional mental conflicts and harrassing exercises of mind in relation to her spiritual state: still she never lost her confidence in God, but found at eventide that it was light. As she drew near the Jordan, and felt she must soon bid adieu to earth, she summoned the members of her family together, and exhorted them all to meet her in heaven. She then fell on sleep, January 10th, 1875.


Hannah was born on 30 October 1803 at Kilpin, Yorkshire.

She married Robert Woodhall (1802-1834), a PM minister, on 30 September 1823 at Howden, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Mary Ann (b abt1826)
  • Sarah (b abt1827) – a worsted weaver (1951) 
  • William (1829-1916) – a wool sorter (1851); a wool salesman (1871)
  • Elizabeth (1833-1906) – a worsted weaver (1851); married Isaac Swinden, a coal dealer (1881), in 1873

Hannah died on 10 January 1875 at Bradford, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876/628

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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