Boylin, Philip (1828-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Perry

Brother Philip Boylin was, at the time of his decease, a member of our society at Longden, in the Shrewsbury Circuit. Born at Tetchill, near Ellesmere, in 1828, he lived a godless life until he was twenty-two years of age, when he was induced to go to a camp meeting, where he was converted. In the following year his name appeared on the plan, where it remained for sixty years. He removed to the Lyth Farm about ten years ago. 

On December 6th he passed peacefully away, at the age of eighty-seven, and was buried in Annscroft Churchyard on December 9th. He is not dead; he sleepeth.


Philip was born in 1828 at Tetchill, Shropshire, to parents Richard Boylin, a farmer, and Mary. He was baptised on 21 December 1828 at Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Philip.

  • 1841 no occupation – living with mother and step-father
  • 1851 no occupation – living with mother and step-father on a farm
  • 1871 farmer of 45 acres
  • 1881 farmer of 46 acres
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Hannah Matthews (abt1835-1922) on 15 May 1862 at Ellesmere, Shropshire. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Thomas Joseph (1863-1938) – working on farm (1911)
  • Mary Jane (1865-1939) – married Levi Roberts, a smallholder (1921), in 1917
  • William (1866-1900) – farmer’s son (1891)
  • Philip Henry (1868-1940) – superintendent tea trade (1911)
  • Hannah Esther (1875-1969) – married Richard Roberts, a farmer (1911), in 1905

Philip died on 6 December 1915 at at Great Lyth, nr. Shrewsbury,, Shropshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/160

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many early records spell the surname as Boyllin.

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