Robson, Thomas (1834-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by C.P.

In the removal of Thomas Robson to the Homeland on February 11th, 1915, the Middleton-in-Teesdale Church was deprived of one of its most valued officials. His sterling integrity and manly straight-forwardness commended him to all. 

A native of Weardale, he was converted during the great revival of 1861, and immediately joined the society at Frosterly, becoming a class leader and Sunday school superintendent. In 1878 he removed to Middleton-in-Teesdale, where he has filled various official positions with distinction. He was a devout student of the Word of God, mighty in prayer and strong in the exercises of faith.

He felt most keenly the loss of his wife in the year 1893, but rejoiced that most of his children are officials and members in our churches.

His end came very unexpectedly. A large and representative memorial service was  conducted in our church by the writer.


Thomas was born in 1834 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, to parents William Robson and Hannah Burnhope. He was baptised on 3 March 1834 at Stanhope.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 labourer
  • 1861 quarryman
  • 1871 quarryman (limestone)
  • 1881 quarryman (Whin)
  • 1891 quarryman
  • 1901 whinstone quarry overman
  • 1911 retired quarry foreman

He married Ann Driver (1833-1893) on 24 November 1855 at Stanhope, Co. Durham. Census returns identify eight children.

  • William (1857-1867)
  • George (1861-1905) – a labourer (Whin Quarry) (1881); stationary engine driver (1901)
  • Eleanor (1864-1930) – married John Thomas Douglass, a coal miner (1891), in 1884
  • Thomas (1865-1956) – a cafe manager & local preacher (1901)
  • John William (1868-1945) – a railway clerk (1891); temperance missionary (1911)
  • Judith Hannah (1870-1959) – married James Watson, a draper’s manager (1911), in 1891
  • Peter (1872-1956) – a locomotive engine driver (1911)
  • Jame Ralph (1874-1929) – a wagon builder (1911)

Thomas died on 11 February 1915 at Middleton in Teesdale, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/745

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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