Lupton, Charles (1844-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by H.S.T.

By the ascension of Mr. Charles Lupton our Church has lost an active worker and generous supporter. He was born at Kirkstall in 1844, and during a revival at our Church there in 1885 he was converted and joined the Church. From the first he took an active interest in the Church. He was a man of action, and having found the Saviour, watched for opportunities to serve Him. For twenty-three years he was superintendent of the Sunday School, and for seventeen years as society steward he diligently performed the duties of that office.

He carefully attended to the financial interests of the church, setting an example in generous giving. Taking a deep interest in the Orphanage and in the Missionary Fund, he and Mrs. Lupton gave freely of their labours and means to these causes. Our brother rendered cheerful service. 

He was sixty-nine years of age when he fell on sleep. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H.S. Targett in our church and the Kirkstall churchyard. A memorial service was held on Sunday, when large numbers assembled out of respect to our brother’s memory and worth. 


Charles was born in 1844 at Kirkstall, Yorkshire, to parents Charles Lupton, a farm labourer (1851), and Susannah Sheard.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Charles.

  • 1861 iron moulder
  • 1871 iron moulder
  • 1881 iron moulder
  • 1891 iron moulder
  • 1901 labourer
  • 1911 iron founder

He married Grace Shawsmith (1840-1921)on 7 April 1867 at St. Stephen, Kirkstall, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child. Charles and Grace travelled to USA in 1867 where their son John was born. They had returned to England by the time of the 1871 census.

  • John Shawsmith (abt1868-1942) – a tin plate worker (1911)

Charles died in early 1913 at Kirkstall, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/573

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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