Maria Gordon (1781-1833)
Maria Gordon was born at Wolverhampton. Her maiden name was Loxton and she was raised in the Church of England.
She began to experience religious stirrings at the age of fifteen after hearing an Anglican sermon that caused her to question her life-style.
Her brother Samuel Loxton was converted at this time and went on to become a respected and well-known class leader in the Birmingham society. Samuel persuaded his sister to accompany him to chapel, initially against her own better judgement.
Maria encountered fierce family opposition to her Methodist leanings. She left home at one point because of the domestic situation, only to experience yet more persecution from the family with whom she was staying, especially when she induced a member of that family to accompany her to chapel.
Up to this point, Maria had not sought formal membership of the Methodist society. She finally made that commitment after being introduced to the acquaintance of a 'pious female' whose advice she found invaluable. She was fully converted on 23rd November 1800.
In 1802 she married Alexander Gordon, who for thirty years was to be an influential class leader and local preacher with the Dudley Methodists. In May 1811 she was herself appointed to lead a class which she did with conspicuous success.
Gordon was described as 'ever alive to the wants of the suffering poor, and contributed to their necessities to the extent of her ability.' She was also an enthusiastic supporter of the erection of a second Methodist chapel in Dudley.
Since her teenage years, Gordon had suffered from a weak heart and this led to her death on January 13th 1833.
Gordon's son John entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1827.
Source: Methodist Magazine 1833, 58-159 and Methodist Magazine 1835, 161-171