Kinnish, Robert (1836-1914)

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

Mr. Robert Kinnish was born at Santon in the Isle of Man, and came to Liverpool about 1860. At the age of eighteen he became an active member and official in our Benledi Street Church, and afterwards gave great assistance towards the erection of our present Everton Road Sanctuary and School in 1873. 

He loved his Church and served her as trustee, treasurer, steward and class leader. He was a tower of strength and a regular worshipper, and had the great joy of seeing his family actively engaged in church work. Though naturally quiet and retiring in disposition, his was a deeply religious spirit which loved the means of grace and found gladness in prayer. He was blessed and happy in his home life, and his house was always open to our preachers. He represented his Circuit in the District Meeting, and was delegate to Norwich Conference. 

His last illness was not protracted, and he entered into rest on October 1st, 1914, in his seventy-ninth year. Revs. J.W. Waddell, A. Hird, L. Johnson, and C.F. Hill (United Methodist) took part in the funeral service, and Rev. James Travis gave an address which was a beautiful tribute of affection. A memorial service was held in Everton Road Church.


Robert was born abt1836 at Santon, Isle of Man, to parents Thomas Kinnish, a farmer (1841), and Alice Moore. He was baptised on 1 May 1836 at Santon.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 joiner & builder
  • 1871 baker & flour dealer (wdr)
  • 1881 baker & flour dealer
  • 1891 baker & flour dealer
  • 1901 baker & flour dealer

He married Esther Quine (1835-1865) on 23 January 1862 at Braddan, Isle of Man. Census returns identify one child.

  • Robert Henry (1863-1929) – a bread & flour dealer (1901); a warehouseman (drug & confectionary) (1921)

He married Ellen Isabella Vondy (abt1846-1920) on 12 October 1871 at Bride, Isle of Man. Census returns identify six of eight children.

  • Esther Alice (1872-1946) – married Edward John Johnson, a Mersey boatman (1921), in 1899
  • Emily Jane (1873-1961) – married Andrew Chisholm Campbell, a mechanical engineer (1901), in 1900
  • Arthur Vondy (1878-1949) – baker & flour dealer (1911)
  • Alfred John (1881-1952) – a general produce salesman (1901); cotton broker manager (1921)
  • Lena May (1884-1950) – a boarding house keeper (1921)
  • Hilda Moore (1886-1969) – married Robert Evans Stewart, a lumber salesman (1921), in 1915

Robert died on 1 October 1914 at Liverpool, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/582

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