Price, Robert (1849-1909)
Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.C.N.
Robert Price was born at Kilpeck, Herefordshire, in the year 1849. His father was a farmer, and made no profession of religion. His mother, who was the daughter of a clergyman, was of a gentle, kind disposition, and very devout, and Robert was trained in the teaching and practice of the Episcopal Church of England.
His first serious thoughts in relation to religion were associated with his preparation for, and the act of confirmation by the bishop. After being apprenticed at Hereford, and then removing to London, he was at the age of seventeen, subject to renewing grace, and joined the Primitive Methodist Church, becoming a member of Society at Bethnal Green, where he was soon recognised as having gifts, and became a local preacher. For years he did valiant service in connection with this struggling cause, and heroically undertook liabilities in seasons of anxiety.
During the forty-two years of his church life he has been a member. He was called by business changes to move to Hereford and Bournemouth, but his work was chiefly in London in connection with Customs House, Woolwich, Chelsea, Fulham and Chiswick. At all the places his services were highly appreciated. The last five years were spent at Chiswick, where by his quiet, diligent, constant service he won the esteem of the people in a marked degree.
It was to him and to his family and friends a great shock when in the autumn of last year the doctor, who was called in for what was thought to be a passing illness, ordered his removal to St. Thomas’s Hospital for operation. This was, however, found impracticable, and he gradually with much pain passed on to the goal which he reached on January 14th, 1909.
His affliction was borne with remarkable patience. He was strong in faith. “I have served my God in all good. conscience from my youth, and He will not fail me now; I am not.afraid to die, my trust is in Jesus; God be.with you till we meet again,” were amongst his last utterances. A good husband, tender father, faithful friend, he leaves a good testimony behind.
Robert was born in 1849 at Kilpeck, Herefordshire, to parents Thomas, a farmer, and Ann. He was baptised on 9 December 1849 at Kilpeck.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.
- 1881 grocer and cheesemonger
- 1891 grocer
- 1901 grocer/provision dealer
He married Eliza Walters (1850-1881) on 20 October at St Luke, Kensington & Chelsea, London
He married Annie Forsey (1865- in the summer of 1885 in the West Ham Registration District, Essex. Census returns identify five children.
- Daisy Lavinia (1886-1957) – a grocer’s clerk (1911)
- Lilian Annie (b abt1889) – a domestic servant (1911)
- Gladys May (1891-1972) – a teacher training student (1911); an elementary teacher (1939)
- Gilbert Llewellyn (abt1895-1916) – a drapery shop assistant (1911); died in WW1
- Gordon Robert (1899-1976) – a civil servant (1939)
Robert died on 14 January 1909 at Chiswick, London.
Annie married Henry Thomas Conway in late 1909 in the Christchurch Registration District, Hampshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/745
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers