Corbett, Matilda (nee Archer) (1815-1851)


Matilda was born in 1815 in London, the daughter of James Archer, a print cutter (1841), and Matilda, but they moved to Birmingham while Matilda was still young. She was brought up in a religious household, which enjoyed family worship. When old enough she was sent to Sunday school, coming under the influence of “a pious teacher”.

Matilda was converted at the age of 14 and joined the Wesleyan Methodists, becoming a Sunday school teacher. However, in 1834 she joined the PMs after being persuaded to hear them. She was appointed a teacher and prayer-leader. She became a local preacher, then a travelling preacher, being pledged by the Darlaston Circuit.

On 25th December 1841 she married Edward Corbett (abt1818-1896), an iron stone miner (1851), at St George’s Church, Birmingham. Edward was a widower, with a daughter, Matilda (b abt1838), from his previous marriage. After Matilda’s death Edward married Hannah Robison on 6 October 1852 at St. Bartholomew, Wednesbury.

Matilda continued for nine years as a local preacher, living and working in Wednesbury. She also preached in the Darlaston and Birmingham circuits. In the winter of 1850, while travelling to a preaching appointment, she caught a cold, which affected her lungs, and she died on 3rd August 1851.


  • 1837 Darlaston (6 mnth)
  • 1837 Kidderminster (6 mnth)
  • 1838 Burland
  • 1839 Ludlow


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1851/643

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1851

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