Collins, Lawrence (1852-1915)

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

Lawrence Collins, a member and local preacher of Zeals Society, in Mere Circuit for over forty years, passed away on February 20th. He joined the Church in his teens, and became a local preacher in great request, especially at camp meetings. At quarterly meetings his advice and generosity broke down all barriers. In prayer he was mighty. As an Endeavourer and temperance advocate, and also as a politician he was of immense service and influence. He was a loyal Primitive Methodist, a staunch upholder of the cause and of the ministry. Few men have been so generally beloved. 

For the last two years he had been subject to a painful and incurable disease, yet he remained patient, and interested in the work of God to the last. He entered into the eternal rest and reward at the age of sixty-one. He was interred in Bourton Cemetery on February 24th, the ceremony being conducted by Rev. W. Robson. The memorial service was conducted by the minister the following Sunday.


Lawrence was born in late 1852 at Bourton, Dorset, to parents John Collins, a blacksmith (1861), and Amelia Gough. He was baptised on 13 March 1853 at Bourton.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Lawrence.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 blacksmith
  • 1881 blacksmith
  • 1891 blacksmith
  • 1901 farrier & blacksmith
  • 1911 blacksmith farrier

He married Elizabeth Catherine Carter (1854-1914) in the spring of 1874 in the Mere Registration District, Wiltshire. Census returns identify eleven children.

  • Tom Jabez (1876-1936) – blacksmith (1891); blacksmith farrier (1911)
  • Lydia (1876-1964) – a general domestic servant (1901); married Llewellyn Arnold, a taxi driver (1921), in 1903
  • Sarah Amelia (b1879) – married William John Parsons in 1904
  • Ivan (1881-1964) – an engineer turner (1911)
  • Ada Agnes (1882-1966) – married Austin A Green, a motor driver (steam wagon) (1921), in 1915
  • Cora Rosanna (1885-1974) – married Robert John Lugg, a motor garage proprietor (1921), in 1916
  • Ella Emily (1886-1976) – a general servant domestic (1911); married Ernest George Barter, a blacksmith (1921), in 1914
  • Clarence (1888-1950) – a cowman (1921)
  • Laura Beatrice (1890-1970) – a dressmaker (1921); married Sydney G Beckett in 1924
  • Winifred Ethel (1892-1983) – married Oliver R Hull, a general labourer (1939), in 1923
  • Ivy May (1898-1972) – a dairy assistant (1921)

Lawrence died on 20 February 1915 at Bourton, Dorset.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/828

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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