Forman, Paul Arthur (1856-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.L.

In the passing of Paul A. Forman, on July 28th, 1916, another link with the heroic days has been snapped. Born at Theddlethorpe, near Louth, in the year 1856, he received his first religious impressions amongst the Wesleyan Methodists, his father being a local preacher in the parent body.

In his youth Mr. Forman removed to Grimsby, and in the year 1873 he became a member of the Primitive Methodist Church at Victoria Street. At the age of twenty-one he came to live at Lincoln, where for almost forty years he laboured abundantly. As local preacher he did magnificent work. Perhaps his best was done as class leader and society steward of Newark Road Church. 

He was a good Christian and a splendid man. Mr. Forman leaves a widow and seven children. On the occasion of his funeral a large company gathered. The service was conducted by Rev. W. Lee, assisted by Revs. J.P. Langham and P.W.B. Oliver.


Paul was born in the spring of 1856 at Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, to parents William Allen Forman, a grocer, draper and carrier (1861), and Frances Wooer.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Paul.

  • 1871 baker’s assistant
  • 1881 baker and confectioner
  • 1891 baker & grocer
  • 1901 grocer & baker
  • 1911 grocer & baker

He married Mary Ann Hatton (abt1859-1904) in early 1880 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • John William Arthur (1880-1955) – baker’s bread maker (1901); vanman salesman for baker & grocer (1911)
  • Susannah (abt1882-1950) – dressmaker (1901); married Robert Bell in 1918
  • Florence (1883-1941) – draper’s assistant (1901); married Harry Kirk, an engine fitter (1911), in 1908
  • Annie Mary (1885-1951) – married John Henry Walters, a pawnbroker’s manager (1911), in 1906
  • George Henry (1890-1924) – grocer (1911)
  • Charles Robert Guy (1892-1963) – baker (1911)
  • Allen Hatton (1900-1975) – an account department clerk (1921)

He married Eliza Graves Orrey (1864-1955) can the summer of 1908 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

Paul died on 28 July 1916 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/929

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