Henderson, Robert (1844-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine W.P.

Robert Henderson was born April 27th, 1844, and passed to the Homeland September 1st, 1913. He came from Farthingdale, Whitby, to Hull upwards of forty years ago, and built up a prosperous business. One son and five daughters were born of his marriage with Miss Duggleby, to whose welfare he was paternally devoted. On his passing upward, he was the oldest officer in Great Thornton Street Church, being a trustee, class leader, and society steward of the Church. He was oft pressed to accept the circuit stewardship, but his modesty caused him to decline the chief lay office of the circuit. 

Alert and analytic in intellect, he was high-souled in principle and gracious in mood; he was faithful in friendship and consistent in comradeship; he was generous in disposition and devout in spirit; his love for God’s house deepened with departing days. 

Rev. Dr. William Pigott conducted the obsequies, assisted by Revs. James Shaw and William Swales, and the latter conducted an “In Memoriam” in Great Thornton Street Church.


Robert was born on 29 April 1844 at Rob Hood’s Bay, Fylingdales, Yorkshire, to parents Robert Henderson, a journeyman miller (1851), and Jane Cockburn. He was baptised on 26 May 1844 at Fylingdales.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 carter
  • 1871 railway rulleyman 
  • 1881 general rulleyman (carman)
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 general carrier
  • 1911 general carrier

He married Eliza Duggleby (1847-1913) on 2 January 1869 at Holy Trinity, Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Ann Eliza (1869-1914) – married Henry Litten Carlton, a mariner, in 1896
  • Margaret (1870-1937) – a dressmaker (1891); married Harold Duggleby, a railway clerk (1911), in 1893
  • Florence (1875-1945) – a draper’s assistant (1891); married Fred Robinson, a railway checker (1901), in 1900
  • Charles Richard (1876-1946) – a carter (1901)
  • Robert Wilfrid (1880-1881)
  • Ada Jane (1882-1955) – dressmaker (1901); married John Young, a warehouseman at paintworks (1911), in 1907
  • Laura Matilda (1885-1937) – a dressmaker (1901); married William Chalmers, a general labourer, in 1910

Robert died on 1 September 1913 at Hull, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/574

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Robert’s baptism record gives his date of birth as 29 April 1844, not 27 April as stated in the obituary. The obituary also has the place of birth incorrectly spelt.

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