Roberts, Abraham (1845-1924)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891

Early years

Abraham was born in 1845 at Barrow, nr Clitheroe, Lancashire to parents Richard and Elizabeth. Richard was a calico printer. At the age of six, he went to work in the shop of a black calico printer. He went on to develop a successful business, initially as a cabinet maker and later as a draper in Clitheroe.

Abraham was a 3rd generation Primitive Methodist. His grandfather had given hospitality to Rev Robert Hill, who first missioned Clitheroe.

Contribution to the Connexion

On three occasions Abraham represented the Liverpool District at Conference. He also attended the Methodist Ecumenical Conference in the USA.

The 1891 biography in the Primitive Methodist Magazine reports that he was an acceptable local preacher and a keen supporter of Sunday School work. He became a member of Clitheroe Council.

Abraham presided over the 1891 annual meeting of the Missionary Society.


Abraham married Alice Douglas (1844-1875) on 4 March 1865 at St James Church, Clitheroe. Census returns identify two children.

  • Margaret Ann (1867-1958) – married Frederick Bowling Watson, a decorator
  • Ada Louisa (1870-1874)

Abraham married Rhoda Walton (1853-1919) in the summer of 1875 at Clitheroe. Census returns identify four children.

  • Richard Thomas (b1876) – a draper
  • Alexander Ernest (1878-1961) -a draper
  • Arnold Edgar (1881-1970) – a veterinary surgeon
  • Ethel Rhoda (1887-1978) – married William Ernest Veevers, a school teacher (1911)

Abraham died on 5 November 1924 at Clitheroe, Lancashire. He left an estate valued in excess of £37,000.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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