Hughes, Benjamin (1851-1913)

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

After a brief but severe illness Brother Hughes, of Rugeley, departed this life on March 3rd, having the previous day completed his sixty-second year. Industrious and successful in business, he was also keenly interested in political, social, educational and temperance work. For thirty-five years he served the Stafford and other circuits as a local preacher, and few men were more attentive to their appointments or more acceptable to the people. 

A man of wide outlook and broad sympathies, given to hospitality, he was never more happy than when entertaining his numerous friends. Of an ardent nature, he lived a full, energetic, and strenuous life. The great purpose of his life was to honour God and be of service to his fellow men. 

The funeral was conducted by Rev. W.A. Eyre.


Benjamin was born on 2 March 1851 at Portobello, Willenhall, Staffordshire, to parents Benjamin, a stone miner, and Elizabeth.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Benjamin.

  • 1871 painter & paper hanger
  • 1881 house decorator & farmer
  • 1891 plumber & house decorator
  • 1901 house painter & decorator
  • 1911 house decorator

He married Selina Davenport (1853-1875) on 14 August 1871 at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Alice Elizabeth (1873-1943) – married Thomas William White, a blacksmith (1911), in 1898
  • Selina Hannah (1876-1902) – married Samuel Arthur Morecroft in 1901

He married Mary Ann Hughes (1854-1908) on 4 April 1876 at Wigmore, Herefordshire. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Emily Maud Gertrude (b1877) – married Omar K. Cumming in 1911 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • Florence Ethel Amy (1880-1938) – a draper’s assistant (1901)
  • Percy Herbert (1881-1916) – a house painter (1901); a school attendance officer (1911)
  • Edith Frances Mary (1884-1971) – an assistant dryer (1911); married Leonard Maddock, a heating & ventilation engineer (1939), in 1918
  • Lilian Eva May (1887-1945) – married Clifford W Greatorex, author & journalist (1939), in 1919
  • Hilda Daisy Cicily (1889-1908)
  • Mildred Drusilla (1890-1968) – a draper’s assistant (1911)
  • Gordon Charles Benjamin (1895-1949) – a house painter and decorator (1911)
  • Vincent Arthur Arnold (1898-1965) – a window cleaner (1911)

Benjamin died on 3 March 1913 at Rugeley, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/663

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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