Collison, Frank (1842-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.M.

The Stoke Newington Church has sustained a great loss in the passing away of Brother F. Collison, a lifelong Primitive Methodist. Converted under the ministry of Rev. Benjamin Senior, he first joined our Church at Dartford, and after a few years removed to Stoke Newington. 

He was ever a great worker. Unfortunately his health for the last three years was such that he was able to attend but rarely. He suffered exceedingly during this time, but bore all with magnificent fortitude and cheerfulness, and to the end his interest in the affairs of the Church and Circuit was unfailing. 

He died on October 11th, 1913, aged seventy-one, and was buried in the Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington. Revs. W. Mincher and J. Mainwaring officiated.


Frank was born in late 1842 at Dartford, Kent, to parents George Collison, a baker (1841), and Lucy Whitsey.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Frank.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 wire worker
  • 1871 mould maker
  • 1881 paper mould maker
  • 1891 dandy roll and paper mould maker
  • 1901 paper mould maker
  • 1911 paper mould maker

He married Emma Bush 91846-1912) on 12 June 1864 at Plumstead, Kent. Census returns identify six of ten children.

  • Harry (1864-1945) – a pensioned policeman and now lavatory attendant at Victoria & Albert Museum (1911)
  • Frank John (1867-1887) – labourer at powder mills (1881)
  • Arthur Ernest (1870-1891) – an engineer’s machine (1891)
  • George Walter (1872-1894) – a dandy roll and paper mould maker (1891)
  • Emma Mary (1874-1911)
  • Frederick Stephen (1876-1936) – a PM minister  
  • Ellen Elizabeth (1879-1862) – married William Chandler, an insurance agent (1911), in 1905

Frank died on 11 October 1913 at Stoke Newington, Middlesex.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/159

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