Roberts, Griffith (1875-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.F.F.

On April 26th, 1914, Griffith Roberts entered into rest. He was born at Bangor, in Wales, but immediately after his birththe family removed to Binchester, in the County of Durham. It was at Binchester that he was led to Christ. About eight years ago he came to reside at Spennymoor. For the last fifteen or sixteen years he was a local preacher and a teacher in the Sunday school. 

He was considerably above the average in intelligence, and his gifts of speech made him more than ordinarily acceptable as a preacher. His high character, his manifest sincerity, his truth of life, inspired respect and trust. He was profoundly interested in the life and work of the Church, both in his own immediate neighbourhood and in wider fields. 

One of the bitterest elements in his long illness was his compelled retirement from active service, though no murmur was known to escape his lips. A fine tribute was paid to him by the Church he loved and served, and everything was done that could be done to make his sufferings a little more tolerable. His end was peace.

Family

Griffith was born abt1875 at Bangor, Caernarvonshire, to parents Samuel Roberts, a coal miner (1901), and Mary Jane Young.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Griffith.

  • 1891 driver in coal mine
  • 1901 coal miner (hewer)
  • 1911 coal miner

He married Dorothy Ann Hume (1871-1939) in the summer of 1905 in the Auckland Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Jane (1906-1982)
  • Gladys (b1908)
  • Violet (b1910) – a gown shop assistant (1939)

Griffith died on 26 April 1914 at Spennymoor, Co. Durham.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/576

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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