Primitive Methodist Women C – G
Born at Thearn, near Beverley, Yorkshire on 9th May 1797, Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Clifford and baptised on 22nd May 1797 at St John and St Martin, Beverley. Her mother, a WM member, took Elizabeth to chapel. Converted, she was a WM member until the PMs missioned the East Riding of Yorkshire, when she joined them. She soon became a local preacher and was then called to be a travelling preacher. Her obituary states that she travelled in the Malton, Pocklington, Scarborough, Driffield, Grimsby and Louth circuits. On 15th November 1827 she married William Hodge of Hull, a PM member, at Holy Trinity, Kingston-upon-Hull. Their only child died in infancy. She remained on the plan as a local preacher until her death. On Christmas Day 1854 she was taken ill and died on 26th December in her 58th year. She was buried in Hull cemetery, near to the graves of William Clowes and other PMs.
1823 Hull (3 years)
1827 Louth (half)
1826 Grimsby (half)
According the Account Books and her obituary – 1823 Driffield; 1824-5 Hull; 1826 Driffield – presumably before she was officially stationed.
PM Mag.(1855) pp. 201-05 [obituary gives date of marriage as 1828, but IGI contains details listed above]
Little is known, except that she was pledged by the Witney Circuit (1834). Accounts in the PM Minutes record payments to the Barnstaple circuit because of her illness and also payment of back salary while in the same circuit.
1835 Barnstaple and Stratton (2 years).
Nothing is known, except that she was pledged by Fulbeck Circuit (1834) and continued to take services, presumably as a local preacher, in the Nottingham District.
Nothing further is known of her.
Mary was said to have been of big build and six ft. tall. She worked in tirelessly in Hull during the cholera epidemic of 1832, preaching both in the chapel and in the open air. The PM Minutes of 1837 and 1839 show payments because of illness, so she may have had to retire due to ill health.
1834 Hopton Bank
1835 Kidderminster (2 years)
1833 Preston Brook
1837 Ramsor (2 years)
Nothing further is known of her, except that she was taken out by the Hopton Bank Circuit in 1827.
1830 Frome (2 years)
Nothing further is known of her.
1835 * Shefford (1835)*
1836 Shefford (2 years)
(*William Peacefull mentions her as his colleague – perhaps she was acting as a hired local preacher).
Nothing further is known of her, except that she was in the Micheldever Circuit in 1840.
The daughter of an innkeeper in Brailsford, Martha was converted in Derbyshire at age of nine through a Sunday school teacher. She began to preach at 17, and became a travelling preacher (1822). At the age of 19 she married widower, John Ride, (1790-1862) a fellow travelling preacher (18th March 1824), as his second wife [his first wife had been Martha Riley, who died on 4th September 1820 soon after they arrived in America, he then returned home.]. John had 2 children by his first wife and 8 by his second. On 1st September 1849 Martha and John sailed, with three of their children, as missionaries to Australia, arriving in Melbourne on 16/17th January 1850. Martha was widowed on 15th January 1862 and died in Brighton, South Australia on 12th November 1873, aged 69 years and 7 months. Obviously, although the family had settled in Australia, where John had died, the Rides were still regarded as part of British PM as the PM Minutes of 1873 record a payment to Martha of £14.00 from the Beneficent Fund.
1823 Darlaston (half)
PM Mag. (1875) p. 553-4
Nothing further is known of her, except that she was pledged by the Bishop’s Castle circuit (1834) and was ill in 1836-7.
1834 Cwm (3 years)
1837 Kidderminster (half) Darlaston (half)
Mary was born at Turnditch, Derbyshire on 27th March 1802, the daughter of farmers, Robert and Mary. She was taken to church – presumably Anglican – at an early age, but when she was 18 she heard the PMs, was converted (1820) and joined them. She suffered much opposition from family and friends. Mary soon felt a call to preach, becoming a local preacher and then left home to be a travelling preacher (1822). She worked chiefly in the early Tunstall circuit area, but the PM Minutes list her as stationed for one year only (1822) at Boston, Lincolnshire (no doubt Boston was missioned from Tunstall). However, her obituary states that she travelled for three years and this would fit in with her dates and work. Perhaps she acted as a hired local preacher and this would account for the discrepancy. She married Sampson Turner (1794-1876), a fellow travelling preacher on 31st January 1825 at St Modwens, Burton-on-Trent and reverted to local preacher status. Records show that by 1840 they had 4 children, two sons and two daughters. The eldest daughter married Henry Phillips (1809-1887), travelling preacher. When Sampson superannuated in 1858 they settled in Sunderland and Mary died there on 20th November 1875. They were both buried at Bishop Wearmouth Cemetery, as were some of the children.
PM Mag. (1877) pp. 302-03
Journal: PM Mag. (1822/3) pp 258-259
She was born at Bisley, Gloucestershire on 6th February 1810. She is described as being of a ‘haughty and passionate disposition’. Her brother took her to teach in Sunday school and in 1825 she became a teacher in the Sunday school in Walcot, Bath, but she soon moved to Avon Street school. Miss Powell, later Mrs Fear, took Jane to a WM class and she was converted on 24th May at a WM teachers’ tea meeting. She left WM in May 1829, joining PM on 13th May, where she was quickly appointed as an assistant leader. Jane was soon put on the preachers’ plan and in 1830 was taken out as an itinerant in 1830 by the Brinkworth Circuit. Although she met with considerable success in Shefford, ‘she found the journeys too severe and persecution too violent’. After being stationed in the Ludlow Circuit for one year she retired from the itinerancy, but visited different parts of the county and preached occasionally. In 1838 she went to live at Didmarton, near Tetbury, Glos and many were converted. When Joseph Preston (1803-1896) opened a mission at Tetbury in 1838 Jane asked him to preach at Didmarton. She married Rowland Hill on 10th May 1838, but her health deteriorated and she died on 3rd November 1838 aged 28. She was buried in Weston Birt churchyard on 10th November. A hymn was sung at the graveside, but the clergyman refused to allow an address to be given, so a hymn was sung, prayers said and addresses given by Preston and a Baptist minister, Mr Mitchell, in the street outside. Funeral sermons were preached in various parts of the mission and in Bath.
1833 Hopton Bank
1834 Preston Brook
PM Mag. (1840) pp. 176-77
Nothing is known of her apart from a report of the effect caused by one of her sermons, which gives some idea of the thoughts and opinions of the PMs in the early years. There was a Hannah Farr still preaching in 1832, so it maybe that she retired from the itinerancy and reverted to local preacher status.
1827 Preston Brook
She was born in 1818. Nothing further is known, except that she was pledged by Cwm Circuit (1841), when she was 23.
1843 Much Wenlock
Daughter of George and Mary Godwin Ann was baptised on 14th April 1809 at Abbey Row Baptist Church, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. She was pledged by the Shefford Circuit (1832). Accounts in the PM Minutes record payments to several circuits because of her ill health from 1835. Some time between 1844 and 1846 she married Henry Green (1815-1882), a fellow travelling preacher. They went as missionaries to New Zealand and Australia, leaving England on 24th March 1846 on board the S.S. Madras, arriving on 12th August at Nelson, South Island, New Zealand. They started work in Wellington, May 1847. In particular, Ann was involved with teaching, and opened a day school. She was proposed as the first “Secondary School” teacher in New Zealand. When her husband’s heath failed (1857), they left and called at Australia on the way home, where they were persuaded to stay in Sydney and also worked in Newcastle, New South Wales until 1858, but, when Henry’s health failed again, they returned to England, arriving in the spring of 1861. The 1861 Conference appointed him to Gravesend, they then served in Guernsey, Brighton and Watford. After becoming paralysed in June 1869 Henry superannuated and in May 1873 moved to Gravesend, where he died on 25th December 1882. In the 1881 census Ann is recorded as aged 70 living with her husband at Lee, Blackheath on Durham Farm with a family, the head of which was Stephen Upton. Apparently, Ann became blind and this was attributed to her missionary work. Nothing more is known of her, but she obviously lived on into her seventies.
1832 Shefford (2 years)
1839 Andover (2 years)
1835 Shefford (2 years)
1837 Witney (2 years)
1843 Farringdon [sic]
Nothing further is known, except that she was pledged by the Andover Circuit and apparently worked for a few weeks in the Micheldever circuit in 1841 before going to Andover.
1841 Andover (2 years)