Roberts, George (1845-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.B.

In the death of Mr. George Roberts, of Scunthorpe, we have lost a brother beloved and a good Christian. He died on May 27th in the sixty-seventh year of his age. He came to Scunthorpe forty-one years ago from the neighbouring village of Broughton. A year later he decided for Christ. From that day his religious career was strenuous. He dearly loved God’s house and the means of grace. The faith to him was a precious charge, and he kept it jealously. He was a good hearer, sympathetic, but discriminating.

For years he delighted in open-air work and in visitation. He contributed cheerfully to the funds of the Missionary Society. For about a dozen years he was a local preacher. He also held the positions for a long time of Sunday School teacher and society steward; as a class leader he was gifted. We pray for the widow and family.


George was born in 1845 at Waddingham, Lincolnshire, to parents Charles Roberts, who worked the land, and Mary Shipley. He was baptised on 20 July 1845 at Waddingham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1861 farm carter
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 iron miner
  • 1891 miner’s labourer in iron pits
  • 1901 ironstone miner
  • 1911 ironstone labourer

He married Sarah Jane Matthews (abt1845-1938) in early 1865 in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify nine of ten children.

  • Frederic Matthews (1865-1954) – a bricklayer (1911)
  • Hannah (1867-1874)
  • Kate (1869-1903) – a general domestic servant (1891); a dressmaker (1901)
  • Betsey (1871-1950) –  married Harry William Hunter, a police constable (1911), in 1892
  • Dennis (1874-1957) – a blacksmith (1901)
  • Amos (1879-1937) – a blacksmith’s striker (1901); shunter at iron & steel works (1911)
  • Hetty (1881-1966) – married George Edward Isyatt, a drapery assistant (1911), in 1903
  • Lucy (b abt1884) – a milliner (1901); married Stephen Hirst in 1916
  • Flora (1888-1978) – a draper’s assistant (1911); married Charles E Bradley in 1914

George died on 27 May 1912 at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/663

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