Roberts, Samuel (1844-1913)

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

The Colnbrook Church and Circuit has sustained a great loss in the sudden death of Mr. Samuel Roberts on Wednesday, April 2nd. Samuel Roberts was born on April 9th, 1844. His father, the founder of the cause in Colnbrook, was contemporary with Hugh Bourne, and had the joy of having taken part in services along with him. 

Samuel Roberts loved his church intensely, and lived and laboured for it unceasingly. A local preacher for forty years, a trustee of all the chapels in the Circuit of which he was steward for many years, and in which he had occupied all the official positions, Mr. Roberts was one of the oldest and most prominent members of the London I. District Committee and had been delegate to Conference. 

A true friend to the ministers, they were always welcome guests at his beautiful residence. His dearest wish was fulfilled in the purchase of the circuit manse a short time ago; for this he had given and collected large sums. An eminently devout and exemplary Christian, our friend was most regular in his attendance at God’s house.

Highly esteemed in the neighbourhood, and holding several important positions, last year he was asked to become the president of the Uxbridge and District Free Church Council, but had to decline through ill-health. Revs. G. Kendall and J. Millichamp conducted the funeral. 

Rev. B. Beckerlegge writes: “Mr. Roberts had the prosperity of our Church at heart and worked hard for it welfare. He was a generous supporter, and while sympathetic to all was a friend to the ministers.”

Many letters have been received from all parts of the Connexion. A memorial service was conducted by Rev. G. Kendall on Sunday, April 13th.


Samuel was born on 9 April 1844 at Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, to parents Healen Roberts, a shoemaker, and Mary Coleshill.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Samuel.

  • 1861 painter
  • 1871 plumber & painter
  • 1881 builder
  • 1891 builder
  • 1901 builder
  • 1911 retired builder

He married Maria Harris (1843-1928) in early 1870 in the Faringdon Registration District, Berkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Edith Amy (b1871)
  • Walter John (1872-1953) – a chemist & druggist (1901)
  • Charles (abt1875-1918) – Emfield College student (1891); a surgeon (1911)
  • Kate (b abt1876) – a nurse (1901)
  • Ethel (1877-1890)

Samuel died on 2 April 1913 at Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/577

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