Ingram, Elijah Richard (1845-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Forgham

With the passing of Elijah Richard Ingram our Church has lost one of her loyalists. Born at Greets Green, West Bromwich, 1846, he attended when a boy our Sunday School there. At the age of eight years he lost his mother;  succeeding years subjected him to scenes of hardship and struggle with a growing tendency to evil pursuits, but happily Redeeming Love overcame his heart. 

Employment transferred him when 18 years of age to Elseker in Yorkshire. and from this period dates an unbroken membership of 47 years with our Church at Elseker, Manchester, and Tipton. Joining first Bell Street and then Horseley Heath Church, he became a Trustee of both these churches. In all stress he maintained a courageous spirit. He loved his Church as he loved his life. His was a life full of faith and unshaken confidence in God. Interested in all that pertained to the good, socially, morally or otherwise of his fellows, an ever readiness to personal sacrifice for their uplift and well-being characterised him. 

On Nov. 5th, 1911, he “fell on sleep.”


Elijah was born in the summer of 1845 at Greet Green, Staffordshire, to parents Richard Ingram, a labourer (1851), and Elizabeth Walters.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Elijah.

  • 1871 iron worker
  • 1881 iron labourer
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 night watchman
  • 1911 watchman

He married Naomi Ingram (1850-1932) on 7 December 1873 at Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Arthur (1875-1954) – a crane driver (1911)        
  • Florence (1878-1954) – a tailoress (1901)    

Elijah died on 5 November 1911 at Tipton, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/406

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records identify that Elijah was born in 1845, not 1846 as stated in the obituary.

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