Young, Ann (nee Johnson) (1819-1898)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

ANN YOUNG, the beloved wife of William Young, of Tarporley, was born at Duddow, (Duddon) in the year 1819, and entered into rest August 12th, 1898. When 14 years of age she gave herself entirely to the Lord, it was at a cottage Prayer Meeting at Burton, and the meeting was conducted by the Primitive Methodists of Chester Circuit, (it being as one circuit at that date.) Her parents were members of the Wesleyan Methodists, and their desire was that she should join the same cause as they belonged. She joined the Wesleyans, and remained a member for some considerable time, and then left them and joined the Primitive Methodists at Clotton. She was a member of this society until she removed to Tarporley, in the year 1880, and there cast her lot with the Tarporley Society. She was ever faithful and true to her Saviour, husband and family, and to the cause she admired as long as she lived, always desiring the prosperity of Zion. It was her earnest desire to attend the means of grace, and she was ever ready to do what little she could in the cause of her Saviour. She had no wish for anything worldly, nor did she encourage her children to go to Festivals, her only desire was to attend those meetings that had a tendency for good. For some two or three years of her life she was not able to attend the means of grace so frequently as she was wont to do, but always spoke very clearly of her Saviour, and how she loved Him, being fond of that hymn, ‘I love Jesus, Hallelujah,’ etc. Her confidence in her Saviour never wavered. Some time before the end came she was conversing with her Class Leader, and talking of the hymns they used to sing said, I cannot sing now, but sing or no sing, ‘I can read my title clear to mansions in the skies, and bid farewell to every fear and wipe my weeping eyes.’ For some months her beloved husband could see that she was fast fading away, and he watched her daily, seeing that life was ebbing out, and on Friday, the 12th day of August, she peacefully passed away to be with Christ, which is far better, and was buried in Duddow (Duddon) church-yard, August 15th. For over half a century she had lived with her husband, and it was always their constant aim to live for Christ, ever trying to live out the laws of God and to follow in the footsteps of their Saviour. The bereaved husband and children and relatives deeply feel her loss, but do not sorrow without hope.

Family and other information

Ann was baptised on 1 August 1819 at Tarvin, Cheshire. Her parents were Thomas, a tailor, and Martha.

Ann married William Young (1826-1900) on 20 August 1851 at Tarvin, Cheshire. William was a farm labourer and later a clogger.  Census returns identify four children.

  • Martha (1852-1924) – married Henry Willis, a farmer, in 1872
  • Daniel (1854-1925) – a bricklayer
  • Mary A (abt1858-1951) – married Samuel Watson, a miller (1911), in 1881
  • Robert Thomas (1862-1930) – a wheelwright (1911)

References

Christian Messenger 1899/31

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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