Ingram, Robert James (1874-1913)

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

The death of Robert James Ingram on December 20th, 1913, after less than a week’s illness, came to the knowledge of many in Wigan with tragic suddenness. Throughout the borough and district few men were better known and more respected. As the Corporation road and street superintendent he lived much in the public eye. His gentlemanly deportment and his courtesy to all were outstanding characteristics of the man. 

Steward of our Crooke Church, our brother had promised to accept the position of circuit steward in March. The anticipated appointment was a source of confidence and joy to all his brethren. Mr. Ingram was only thirty-nine years of age, and leaves a widow and one child. 

From the standpoint of our human vision no man was more indispensable to the Wigan Station. His life and service were full of promise. The mystery is more than we can solve, but, through our tears, we are sure that sometime we shall understand.


Robert was born in the spring of 1874 at Bury, Lancashire, to parents James Ingram, a master (1871), and Alice Standish. He was baptised on 5 July 1874 at St Paul, Bury.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1881 scholar
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 foreman street pavers, road labourer
  • 1911 street superintendent

He married Susannah Bond, nee Gill (1865-1943) in the spring of 1904 at Wigan, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Constance Mary (b1906) – married Richard Albert Walker in 1927

Robert died on 20 December 1913 at Wigan, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/329

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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