Chester, David (1833-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by S.B.

No man was more highly and deservedly esteemed within the borders of the extensive and beautiful vale of Belvoir than David Chester (“Old David” as he was lovingly and familiarly called), who passed to the homeland on May 6th at the age of seventy-seven. By his decease the Melton Mowbray Circuit loses one of its most loyal members. For nearly sixty years he had been in membership with our Church, and had served the Society at Long Clawson with commendable zeal and untiring devotion. 

The welfare of this village cause was his chief concern, and as long as he was able he attended with regularity and frequency the house of the Lord. The sphere of Christian service that lay nearest his heart was the care of the children. He founded the Sunday School, and for a long period of years was Superintendent, trusted and loved by child and man alike. His remains were laid to rest in the Clawson Cemetery, after an impressive service in the chapel, conducted by Rev. S. Buckley. A memorial service was conducted the following Sunday by Mr. J.B. Miller.

For the aged sorrowing widow many prayers are offered that she may be divinely sustained.


David was born in 1833 at Long Clawson, Leicestershire, to parents Richard, who worked the land, and Ellen. He was baptised on 8 September 1833 at Long Clawson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for David.

  • 1851 assistant carter
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 agricultural labourer
  • 1901 general farm labourer
  • 1911 farm labourer

He married Hannah Matilda Gough (1834-1918) in late 1855 in the Barrow upon Soar Registration District, Leicestershire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Eleanor Elizabeth (b1856) – married in 1897
  • John (1857-1872)
  • George David (1860-1938) – a basket maker (1911)
  • William (1862-1943) – an ironstone labourer (1901); a grazier (1911)
  • James Richard (1865-1947) – a bricklayer’s labourer (1901)
  • Thomas Charles (1866-1891) – an ironstone labourer (1891)
  • Annie Bertha (1872-1952) – married John William Lock, a railway ganger (1911), in 1898
  • Ethel Maud (1878-1884)

David died on 6 May 1911 at Long Clawson, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/653

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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