Yole, Emma (nee Makepeace) (1857-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by R.L.

Mrs. J.H. Yole entered the Homeland on May 16th in her fifty-sixth year. For forty years she was a member of our South Side church (St. Helens, Auckland), and her death is an incalculable loss to the society. She was a woman of rare and saintly character and beloved by all. From her girlhood her identity with our Church stood for a loyal devotion to all its interests. Anything touching the House of God was of urgent importance to her. During the later years her health was impaired, but she bore her sufferings with a fine Christian patience. Her sense of God’s presence was real and abiding. For over thirty years her home has been the preacher’s “home.”

Amidst a large gathering of friends the writer, along with Rev. I. Graham, conducted an impressive funeral. Our hearts go out in loving sympathy with her husband and family.


Emma was born in late 1857 at Butterknowle, Co. Durham, to parents John Makepeace, a blacksmith (1871), and Mary Greaveson.

She married John Henry Yole (1850-1936), a coal miner and Prudential agent (1881), in the spring of 1879 in the Auckland Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify eight of ten children.

  • Ada (1884-1952) – married William Hodgson, a house joiner (1911), in 1909
  • John Henry (1886-1967) – a brickyard labourer (1901); insurance agent (1911); a coal miner (1921)
  • Richard Clarence (1887-1915) – a coal miner (1911); died in WW1 at Gallipoli
  • Arthur (1890-1978) – a leather cutter in boot and shoe department of Co-operative store (1911); boot repairer, assistant manager (1921)
  • Mary Ann (1891-1986) – an assistant school teacher (1911); married Harry Ernest Cox, an elementary school teacher (1921), in 1917
  • Flora (1892-1975) – married John Thomas Usher in 1920
  • Edwin (1896-1978) – a clothier’s assistant (1921); manager tailoring and outfitting
  • Vincent (1897-1985) – a steelwork labourer (1921)

Emma died on 16 May 1913 at St Helens Auckland, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/994

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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