Higginson, Richard (1827-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Geo. Lee

In the death of Brother Richard Higginson Prees Green Circuit and Butler’s Bank Society have lost one of their saintliest members and most honoured local preachers. He was born at Muckleton Bank in 1827. This neighbourhood was missioned in 1824 by the old Burland Circuit. The first services were held in homes of the Higginson family and others, until the chapel was built in 1843. Sixteen preachers were raised up, the majority of whom belonged to this honoured family.

Richard was converted, and became a trustee of the first chapel while in his teens. At the age of twenty he was put on the plan. Possessed of more than ordinary gifts, as a preacher he was in general demand over a wide circuit. Not, however, to the neglect of Butler’s Bank; its institutions received his best attention and liberal support. 

Our brother’s decline was protracted, but his faith in God and his interest in the Church never flagged. On December 21st he fell asleep in Jesus in the eighty-ninth year of his age, having been a member and trustee for upwards of seventy years, class leader forty years, and local preacher at least sixty-eight years.

Family

Richard was born in 1827 at Muckleton Bank, Shropshire, to parents Richard Higginson, a labourer, and Ann Turner. He was baptised on 22 April 1827 at Shawbury, Shropshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Richard.

  • 1851 agricultural labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 farmer of 14 acres
  • 1881 farmer of 18 acres
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 small farmer

He married Catherine Walker, nee Wright, (1817-1892) on 3 November 1846 at Shawbury, Shropshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Ann (b1848)
  • George Wright (1854-1938) – a gardener (1891)
  • Emily (1860-1942) – a housekeeper (1881); married William Ferrington, a farm bailiff (1891), in 1887

Richard died on 21 December 1915 at Shawbury, Shropshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/244

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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