Doran, Edward (1821-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Albert E. Rose 

Mr. Edward Doran, of Thetford, was born in 1821 at Thelnetham, Suffolk. He joined Hopton Society in 1823, and to the end of his life took a deep interest in its welfare. For a time he acted as hired local preacher on the Brandon and Soham Circuits. Rev. George Edwards said of Bro. Doran:—”He belonged to a race of men of strong convictions, sincere piety, evangelistic habit and temper. A man of great energy and consuming passion, his life purpose might be summed up in the words of Paul, ‘This one thing I do.’ “ One of his old friends, speaking to the writer, said, ‘‘He was an old lion,” a sentence strikingly suggestive of his dauntless spirit. 

He was for many years, and up to the time of his death, a class leader. The office of Circuit Steward he resigned four years ago owing to his great age. He had been for 15 years a member of the old School Board. 

The end came with great suddenness. On Saturday, September 25th, he was seized with a stroke, and slowly sank until Monday, when he passed away, leaving two sons and a daughter to mourn his loss. He was followed to the grave by a host of admiring friends, Revs. Geo. Edwards, Robert Betts, A.E. Rose, and C. Finlay taking part in the ceremony.


Edward was born in 1821 at Thelnetham, Suffolk. I have not been able to identify his parents in online records.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Edward

  • 1861 woodman
  • 1871 machine maker
  • 1881 machinist
  • 1891 general shopkeeper
  • 1901 glass, china and fancy goods shopkeeper

He married Sarah Ann Hearne (1831-1899) in the summer of 1855 at Thetford, Norfolk. Census returns identify six children.

  • Joseph Henry (b abt1856) – not identified after 1871 census return
  • Arthur Edward (1857-1876)
  • Frederick William (1861-1940) – a steam engineer’s draughtsman (1911)
  • Ellen Rebecca (1864-1886)
  • Thomas Robert (1867-1940) – a steam rolling & carting contractor (1901)      
  • Gertrude Sarah (1872-1922)  – shopkeeper, earthen ware (1911)  

Edward died on 27 September 1909 at Thetford, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/153

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