Emmerson, Edward (1844-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine A.E.R.

The Carlisle Street Society, in the Sheffield Petre Street Circuit, is poorer for the death of Edward Emmerson. His connection with this society dates from its commencement. To sum up his life in few words would be to say, “He counted it a joy to labour and suffer for the gospel.” 

For thirty years he was assistant society steward, for twenty years Sunday school secretary; he was a trustee, and for many years a class leader. He has gone straight from work to lead his class, and what cheer he brought them! His friends cannot forget that oft-repeated sentence of his, “Blessed be God,” which seemed to come from his lips to their hearts like a ray of God’s sunshine. All who knew him honoured and loved him. 

Death was but the crowning of his fellowship with God. A memorial service was held at Carlisle at East on Sunday, June 28th, when Bro. W. Saul made suitable reference to Mr. Emmerson’s life and work.


Edward was born abt1844 at Willoughton, Lincolnshire, to parents William Emerson, who worked the land (1851), and Hannah Foster.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Edward.

  • 1861 farm servant
  • 1881 engine tenter for builder
  • 1891 caretaker for builder
  • 1901 builder’s engine tenter
  • 1911 mortar grinder for builder

He married Elizabeth Metcalfe (1844-1910) in late 1866 in the Gainsborough Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Annie (1867-1929) – married Thomas Crawshaw, a railway goods train guard (1911), in 1891
  • George (1870-1926) – a bricklayer (1891)
  • William (1872-1920) – a steel moulder (1901)
  • Elizabeth (1875-1947) – married John Wadsworth, a foreman, in 1897; married Thomas Parsons, a fitter, in 1902
  • John (1877-1943) – a gas company’s collector (1921)
  • Joseph (1881-1882)
  • Mary Ann (1885-1953) – a head teacher (1911); married Charles H Turney, an engineer’s chief storekeeper (1939), in 1915
  • Frank (1888-1950) – a commercial clerk (1911); inspection clerk Naval Ordnance Office (1939)

Edward died on 3 June 1914 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/832

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many records spell the surname Emerson

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