The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

Alexander, Samuel 1810 – 1883; Mary Ann 1811 – 1888

Grave Number x42 (gravestone removed)

The funerals of husband and wife are both reported in the newspapers.  Samuel Alexander died 3rd January 1883 aged 73.  The gravestone, now removed, recorded the fact that it had ‘been erected by the Company of Believers among whom he toiled at Hope Hall.’   Mary Ann, his wife, died 10th March 1888 aged 77

Samuel was born in Horsley, Gloucestershire. He married Mary Ann Poulton in 1829 (She signed her name with a X). He was living in 1861 in Cranford Street, Marylebone, with his wife with 4 sons and a daughter. In 1871 they were living in Chelsea. He was described as a Missionary (City Missionary in 1851). In 1881 they had moved to Berkhamsted and were living in Manor Street.

FUNERAL OF A MINISTER – The funeral of Mr. Samuel Alexander minister at Hope Hall (Brethren) took place on Saturday. Great respect was shown to the deceased, nearly 100 friends from London and elsewhere, together with members of the congregation, following him to his grave in the cemetery. Mr J.E Hawkins and Mr King took part in a service at the Hall and the grave side, when the company sang a hymn.   Bucks Herald – 13 January 1883

The funeral of Mrs Alexander took place at the Cemetery on Thursday, a large number of the Hope Hall brethren attending. Mr J.E Hawkins conducted the proceedings and an address was given by Mr. R. Farie. “Forever with the Lord” was sung at the graveside.    Bucks Herald 17 March 1888

Hope Hall for the Plymouth Brethren constructed in 1874, re-built 1969

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