Chubb, Alfred (1865-1899)
Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger
MR. ALFRED CHUBB.— Brother Alfred Chubb (late of Bristol) was born at Walton, in the Glastonbury Circuit, thirty-four years ago. His parents coming to Street when he was six years of age, most of his early life was spent in that enterprising village. His father being one of our local preachers, it was to be expected that he would find his way to the sanctuary and Sunday School. At the age of sixteen, in a revival of religion, he got truly saved, and from that time continued in the Lord’s service. He became a teacher in the school, and for a time was superintendent. About 13 years ago he went to Bristol, where he found fine spheres of labour at ‘Ebenezer,’ ‘Eastville,’ and Kingswood (‘Bourne’). At each place he was known as an earnest worker, often doing much more than his strength would warrant. With the young life in our schools, Bands-of-Hope, and C.E. Societies he was full of sympathy, and therefore it need not surprise us that he was in constant demand by these institutions. He married Miss Elizabeth Clare, of Street, about ten years ago, and to them three beloved children were given. Hopes were bright for the future until that cruel disease, consumption, seized him for its prey. During last winter he was apparently brought very near to the end of his journey, but he revived for a time. Then it was determined that he should return to his native district, with the hope that the change of air might bring him some benefit. Prior to leaving Kingswood the friends presented him with a beautiful Oxford Teacher’s Bible and a purse of money. Letters full of sympathy were sent from the Kingswood District C.E. Union, and also from the Sunday School with which he had been connected. With many good wishes and prayers he left the chief city of the West. The change of locality did not bring back health and vigour. Towards the close of June, 1899, the end came very fast. The writer visited him on the 26th, and found him very happy. He said, with a smile, ‘I am going home.’ In less than 24 hours he had reached the land of eternal health. While it was yet day his sun went down. Whilst leaving behind him a wife and three children, it gave him much comfort to know that they would be surrounded by a large number of friends. On the last day of the same week, after a service held in our Street Chapel, we laid his body in the village churchyard in sure and certain hope of a glorious resurrection. On Sunday evening, July 2nd, Rev. A. Warcup preached a sermon in the same place of worship, having special reference to the deceased. He also read several letters of condolence, one being from the Rev. J. E. Leuty, who for four years superintended the Kingswood Circuit, and has just left that station for Durham. From that letter one quotation shall be given— ‘He has left behind him a fragrant memory, and his deeds of love and kindness will not soon be forgotten. What a blessed thing it is to live so that you are loved for your worth and work. I am sure that his consistency of conduct, his transparent sincerity, and his loving toil for the well-being of others will be remembered.’ May the dear ones left behind receive all needful grace to sustain them, and also prepare them for the land to which our brother has gone.
Family and other information
Alfred was born in 1866 to parents Joseph and Mary. Joseph was a shoemaker.
Alfred followed in his father’s trade. The 1891 census describes him as a foreman, boot trade, making dept.
Alfred married Elizabeth Jane Clare (b1864) in the summer of 1888 at Street, Somerset. Census returns identify three children.
- Alfred Gilbert (b1889) – a clicker (1911); emigrated to USA in 1912
- Florence Edith (1892-1980) – a typist (1911); married Thomas E. Dickins in 1915
- Gladys May (b abt1894) – a clerk (1911)
Christian Messenger 1901/286
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