Faulding, Robert West (1830-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Mr. Robert West Faulding passed away on the 16th Oct., 1912, at the ripe age of eighty-two. Born October 7th, 1830, his father and mother were both local preachers in the Tetney Circuit; his mother, especially, being very popular. On conversion he joined the church at Waltham in the Tetney Circuit, with which he rendered splendid service as trustee and Society steward. An ardent temperance reformer, it was largely through his efforts, supported by others, that a commodious temperance hall was built at Waltham. For many years he was a member of the Managers of the Wesleyan Day School at Waltham. 

In 1897 he retired from business and went to reside at North Kelsey. Here, although sixty-seven years of age, he threw himself with unabated zeal into temperance work, and our cause, too, found in him a true friend and generous helper. A bright, genial brother, he was always ready to help the sorrowing and the needy. 

He was interred in Waltham Cemetery, October 19th, the service being conducted by Revs. A. Naylor, W. Hayton, Thomas Storr and James Shaw. He leaves a widow, son and daughter to mourn his departure.


Robert was born on 7 October 1830 at Goxhill, Lincolnshire, to parents Robert Faulding, a farmer, and Dinah West. He was baptised on 24 October 1830 at Goxhill.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1851 apprentice saddler
  • 1861 saddler & harness maker
  • 1871 saddler
  • 1881 saddler and harness maker
  • 1891 saddler
  • 1901 retired saddler
  • 1911 retired saddler and harness maker

He married Mary Waynor (abt1829-1875) on 22 January 1857 at Harmston, Lincolnshire. Census returns and birth records identify five children.

  • Eliza (1858-1858)
  • Walter (1859-1909) – a saddler (1903); emigrated to New Zealand
  • Eliza (1863-1868)
  • Alice (1869-1879)
  • Fanny (1871-1916) – married Arthur Woodforth, a saddler, in 1897

He married Jane Rebecca Chandler (1851-1919) in late 1876 in the East Preston Registration District, Sussex. Census returns identify one child.

  • Robert Nicholson (1878-1960) – evangelist (1911); yeoman (1939)

Robert died on 16 October at North Kelsey, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/327

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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