Cross, Archibald (1840-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James P. Langham

Mr. Archibald Cross was born at Church Gresley over seventy-five years ago. As a child he joined the “Primitives,” and, as scholar, teacher, superintendent, trustee, musician, temperance worker, and co-circuit steward (for some years), he worked for his own society and circuit. 

The wife of his youth died years ago, leaving him the care of a large family. His children hold his memory in loving honour. His later years were cheered by the loving care of his second wife, whose solicitude and unflagging attention lengthened and brightened his days. 

He died at St. Neots, where he had resided for some time. There he was much indebted to the kind attention of the Rev. W.B. Bache and his wife. He retained his membership at the place of his birth till his death, on the last day of May, 1916.

He belonged to our Church because he had profited through her ministry, appreciated her policy, and found within her borders room for active service.


Archibald was born in 1840 at Church Gresley, Derbyshire, to parents Archibald Cross, a potter (1841) and a Chelsea out pensioner (1851), and Margaret Hansley. He was baptised on 2 August 1840 at Church Gresley.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Archibald.

  • 1851 employed in pottery warehouse
  • 1861 potter
  • 1871 potter, dish maker, draper
  • 1881 hatter & potter
  • 1891 earthenware manufacturer
  • 1901 earthenware manufacturer
  • 1911 earthenware manufacturer

He married Elizabeth Ann Banton (1842-1894) on 6 June 1865 at St George & St Mary, Church Gresley, Derbyshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Archibald (1866-1933) – agent for “Burton Mail” (1901); newspaper publisher (1911)
  • Julian Calladine (1867-1937) – earthenware potter (1901)
  • Laura Margaret (b abt1869) – married Joseph Kendall, a decorator (1891), in 1888
  • Edmund Richmond (1871-1929) – a potter dish maker (1911)
  • Louisa Ann (b1875) – apprentice dressmaker (1891)
  • Wilfred Washington (1881-1938) – a clerk (1911)

He married Clara Crane (1859-1929) in the summer of 1900 in the Burton on Trent Registration District, Staffordshire.

Archibald died on 31 May 1916 at St Neots, Huntingdonshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/858

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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