Robinson, Jabez Bunting (1848-1905)

Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Isaiah Potts

The Leicester Third Circuit has lost a true and tried friend in the death of Mr. J.B. Robinson. His end came suddenly, and great sympathy was felt for Mrs. Robinson and family.

Mr. Robinson has served his generation according to the will of God. The will of God regulated his resolute and aggressive life; it was under the law of God, and was ordered by the Divine counsel. He saw that God willed the salvation of men. He saw that God willed that the poor should be assisted, that the sorrowful should be comforted, and that the lost ones should be brought to God. Mr. Robinson was converted when he was a lad. At thirteen years of age his nature was brought into harmony with the will of God and the temper of Heaven. His whole being was filled with Divine sympathy, and fired with Divine love. As soon as he was converted he was fired with zeal for the conversion of other people. He had strong faith in God, strong faith in the power of Divine truth, and strong faith in the possibility of saving sinful men. God had given to him remarkable abilities. He did not serve his generation as a poet, musician, or statesman; but he served his generation as a faithful business man, and as a fervent Christian. God had given him abilities to speak, to sing, and to pray. And these gifts were cultivated and developed, and were used for the age in which he lived. But Mr. Robinson not only served his generation in public and active work, but he also served in the quiet and beneficent ministries of life. He endeavoured by great self-denial and generosity to assist the poor, to support the weak, and to comfort the sorrowful. His ears were always open to the tale of the mourner. When people were burdened with sickness, sorrow, and pain, they knew that Brother Robinson would listen to them. They knew that Brother Robinson had a heart that would sympathise with them. And on the 11th of August, 1905, Jesus said to him, “Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these, My brethren, ye did it unto Me.” Those generous gifts of bread and flour, and silver and gold, which you gave to the sick and the poor, were given to Me. ‘Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ ”

Mr. Robinson has served his generation, and now has fallen on sleep. His day’s work is done. His weary body required rest, and what could he do better than to fall asleep? Sleep is such a gentle thing, such a refreshing thing, and such a restoring thing. He has fallen asleep, but it is sleep in Jesus – deep, soft, restful sleep. Death to our dear brother would be as sweet as ever sleep was to a hard-working man. He would lean his head on Jesu’s breast and breathe his life out sweetly there. He would just close his eyes on earth, and open them in Heaven.


Jabez was born in 1848 at Clifton, Deddington, Oxfordshire to parents John, who worked the land, and Mary.

Jabez worked as a baker and confectioner.

He married Sarah Hone (1843-1922) in the spring of 1868 in the Banbury Registration District. Census returns identify six of ten children.

  • William (b abt1871) – a journeyman baker (1891)
  • Emily Ellen (abt1873-1957) – a hosiery hand (1891); married Francis Charles Grimsley, a general engineer (1911), in 1896
  • Maud Tryphena (abt1875-1924) – married William Henry Collett, a commercial traveller in printing ink (1911), in 1896
  • Mary Jane Elizabeth (b abt1877) – a safety razor worker (1911)
  • Kate (b abt1879)
  • Rosetta Elliott (b1880) – a waitress (1911)


Primitive Methodist Magazine1906/745

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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