Carter, Robert (1850-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.C.

By the death of Mr. Robert Carter, Mainsforth Terrace Chapel, Sunderland IV. has sustained a very severe loss. He was sixty-one years of age and was connected with the Church from his boyhood. He was a class leader, trustee, and had been church treasurer for forty years. Methodical in his habits, his books were always well kept. A Sunday School teacher, and for many years superintendent of the school, he loved his work among the children. 

The young local preachers and young men will miss his welcome words of advice and encouragement. Never absent from the sanctuary when it was possible for him to attend, during the last two or three months when his affliction would not permit him to attend the church he still took an anxious interest in its affairs. The ministers on the Circuit always found in him a loyal supporter and faithful friend. Of a kindly disposition, he was held in very high esteem by a large host of friends. 

A member of the Sunderland and Newcastle District Committee, he had represented his Circuit at District Meeting and Conference. A keen temperance worker, he was connected with the local Band of Hope and Sunday School Unions. The interment took place on May 31st at the Sunderland Cemetery.


Robert was born on 9 February 1850 at Sunderland, Co. Durham, to parents Thomas Carter, a house joiner (1851), and Jane Hoggarth. He was baptised on 8 March 1850 at Southwick, Co. Durham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 railway clerk
  • 1891 railway clerk
  • 1901 railway clerk
  • 1911 railway clerk

He married Elizabeth Hannah Tulip (1850-1873) in the summer of 1871 at Sunderland, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.

  • John Tulip Carter (1871-1962) – a head teacher (elementary) (1911)
  • Jane Ann (1873-1948)

He married Ann Walton (1848-1877) in early 1876 at Sunderland, Co. Durham. Census returns identify one child.

  • Ann Walton (1877-1949) – a companion housekeeper (1939)

He married Isabella (1862-1946) in early 1889 at Sunderland, Co. Durham. Census returns identify six children.

  • William Keenleyside (1889-1963) – a training college student (1911); elementary schoolmaster head (1939)
  • Thomas (1891-1952) – a colliery company secretary (1939)
  • Robert (1895-1973) – secretary to colliery agent & chief clerk (1939)
  • Catherine (1898-1992) – married James William Hogg, a local government transport clerk (1939), in 1927
  • Ernest (1900-1960) – a marine fitter (1939)
  • Alice (1903-1987) – married Llewellyn Jones in 1933

Robert died on 27 May 1911 at Sunderland, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/77

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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