Matthews, Arthur (1860-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.H. Rose
Our dear brother passed away Nov. 11th, 1910. He had been a local preacher twenty-eight years, and Superintendent of the Great Cressingham Sunday School for some time. For two years his sufferings have been very great, but they were borne with noble cheerfulness and an ever ripening disposition. His whole heart and soul was in the well-being of his Church. Ungrudging support was given to Sunday School, Band of Hope, Christian Endeavour, Class Meeting, and public services. To hear him pray was a special means of grace.
He knew that his life could not be very long, and bravely and confidently he faced the end, serving his town and his Church as long as he could. To visit him was an inspiration. He felt very keenly the separation from his wife and two sons, but yet anticipated the deliverance from suffering unto the better state. Everybody that knew him respected him. The Vicar of the parish said in his magazine: “The keynote of his character was straightforwardness.”
“The memory of the just is blessed.”
Arthur was born in late 1860 at Great Cressingham, Norfolk, to parents William Matthews, who worked the land, and Mary Archer.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Arthur.
- 1881 agricultural labourer
- 1891 farm labourer
- 1901 baker
He married Hannah Williams (1856-1945) in late 1888 in the Swaffham Registration District, Norfolk. Census returns identify two children of four children.
- Eric William (1889-1963) – a baker (1911)
- Alec James (1894-1917) – died in WW1
Arthur died on 11 November 1910 at Great Cressigham, Norfolk.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/576
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