Reavley, Robert J.P. (1844-1915)

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

For more than seventy years Robert Reavley played his part in Biggis Main, Wallsend and Jarrow-on-Tyne. A strenuous life he lived—in church, Sunday school, Town and County Council, Magistrates’ Bench, and Liberal Association. Said one writer to the bereaved family: “The Town and County  Council will miss him, but the despairing in spirit and the bedridden have lost a real friend.” The confidence of those amongst whom he lived is proved by his appointment as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the township of Jarrow, chairman of many important committees, class leader, leader of the young men’s class, representative on District Committee to the District Synod and the Derby Conference. 

The end came with tragic suddenness on Saturday, October 28rd, 1915. On October 26th a memorial service was conducted in the Ellison Street Church, Jarrow, Revs. J. Palmer, G.W. King, W. French, E. Phillipson and Jos. Reavley taking part. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and three sons, one of whom is Rev. A.E. Reavley.


Robert was born abt1844 at Benton, Northumberland, to parents Charles Reavley, a coal miner (1851), and Ellen. He was baptised on 3 March 1844 at Long Benton, Northumberland.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 blacksmith and methodist local preacher
  • 1881 botanic beer manufacturer (brewer)
  • 1891 mineral water manufacturer
  • 1901 mineral water manufacturer
  • 1911 retired mineral water manufacture

He married Mary Ann Smailes (1843-1927) in the summer of 1866 in the Durham Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Charles (1868-1938) – mineral water manufacturer (1911)
  • Lilian Jane (1869-1973)
  • Alfred Edward (1874-1957) – a PM minister
  • Lilian Eveline (1876-1904)
  • Robert (1879-1955) – chemist & druggist (1901)

Robert died on 28 October 1915 at Jarrow, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/413

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