Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Mr. Russell, Senior Steward of Willington Circuit, was born in Lanarkshire sixty years ago. In early life his family removed to Northumberland, where he was converted, joined the Church and became a local preacher. Subsequently he lived at Spenymoor for a few years, removing to Binchester more than twenty years ago.
When Willington was formed into a separate Circuit in 1906 he was elected as one of the Stewards. In this office he has sought to lead the Circuit to prosperity; and success is crowning his labours.
Our Steward is studious, fervent, consecrated. His presence in the services of the church, class meetings, Sunday evening prayer-meetings specially, is a great asset. And his labours in the pulpit are marked by reverence, intelligence, unction – conversions being always the aim and often the result.
Family and other information
Robert was born abt 1851 in Lanarkshire to parents John and Jennet. John was a coal miner.
Robert followed his father as a coal miner.
Robert married Ann Robson (b abt1853) in late 1871 in the Tynemouth Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify seven children.
- Luke Robson (1872-1951) – a piano tuner
- John (b1875) – a colliery banksman (1901); later a commercial traveller (1928)
- Jane (1877-1948) – married James Edward Graham, a colliery engineman, in 1901
- Mary Ann (b abt1879)
- William (1881-1950) – colliery enginerman haulage engine (1911)
- Robert (b abt1885) – an insurance agent (1911)
- Elizabeth (b1887)
Robert died on 11 June 1928 at Coundon, Co. Durham.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/634
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