Dunn, Aaron (1833-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by  F. Hobson

Aaron Dunn entered into rest September 4th, 1911, at the ripe age of seventy-eight years. Born at Newton-under-Roseberry, in Cleveland, his conversion took place at ten years of age, and for sixty-eight years he was a member of our Church, Forty-six years ago he removed to Tyne Dock. He was present at the opening of the Lord Nelson Street Church in 1868, and was devoted to his Church. 

For some years he was a Class Leader, both at Tyne Dock and Boldon Colliery. Daily he sought the Lord in prayer and studied the Holy Book. He was diligent in attendance at all the means of grace.

For many years he was an active official in the “Sons of Temperance.” By his steady, quiet, even temperament and upright Christian character he won the respect of a wide circle of friends. 

For over two years he has been greatly afflicted, but endured it with Christian fortitude, and found comfort in the assurance of the love of God. He was laid to rest in the Simonside churchyard, Rev. F. Hobson officiating, and the “Sons of Temperance” read their burial service.


Aaron was born in 1833 at Newton-under-Roseberry, Yorkshire, to parents Robert Dunn, who worked the land, and Sarah Lilburne. He was baptised on 2 October 1833 at Newton by Guisborough, Yorkshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Aaron.

  • 1851 farm labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 foreman
  • 1881 commercial clerk
  • 1891 railway goods clerk (foreman)
  • 1901 foreman – goods warehouse
  • 1911 railway pensioner

He married Hannah Walker (1835-1890) in early 1858 in the Northallerton Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • John William (1859-1930) – a railway goods clerk (1891)
  • James (b1860)
  • Aaron Walker (1865-1880)
  • Sarah Hannah (1870-1915) – a teacher of music (1891); married Joseph Moses, a jobbing gardener (1911), in 1904
  • Amy Ellen (1873-1917) – married William James Watson, a pit heap inspector (1911), in 1897

Aaron died on 4 September 1911 at South Shields, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/247

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