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Isabella Mather (fl.1800)

Isabella Mather was the wife [probably the second wife] of the prominent Wesleyan minister Alexander Mather.

Her maiden name was Kendrick. She was orphaned at an early age and was raised by her uncle who was an Anglican clergyman.

Educated at a boarding school in Highgate, London, she was abandoned by her uncle after a disagreement and worked for several years as a lady's maid in Yorkshire.

While recovering in Wakefield in 1788 from an injury, she was converted by the preaching of Alexander Mather and the two subsequently married on December 1 1790 at Ferry Fryston in Yorkshire.

The couple had at least one child, a son named William Marriott Mather, who died aged nine in 1802.

After her husband died, Mrs Mather moved to Leeds where she was a member of the circle that included Sarah Crosby.

Source: MAM Fl 2.5A/14 (MARC), International Genealogical Index and George John Stevenson, City Road Chapel, London, and its Associations, Historical, Biographical, and Memorial (1872), 161.

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