Taylor, Robert (1859-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.T.

Brother Taylor was born in the parish of Emley on August 29th, 1859, and became a member of our Skelmanthorpe Society when about twenty-one years of age. On conversion the change in the young man’s heart and life was a real one, and Bro. Taylor often referred to the experience with genuine  thankfulness and rejoicing.

His religious life was characterised by fervent devotion and an intense desire for the extension of the Kingdom of God. He became a local preacher in 1881, and developed into an acceptable and successful exponent of the Word. In 1886 he removed from Clayton West Circuit, and subsequently resided in Barnsley First and Second, Rotherham First, Sheffield Third, and Scholes, carrying on his Christian work in the same spirit, and leaving behind a good record. After an absence of sixteen years he returned, and again entered heartily into the work of his native circuit, and, in addition to preaching, taking charge of a large and important Bible class at Skelmanthorpe. 

He did good service on District Council and District Education Committees. 

After four years of sad affliction our brother passed away on his fifty-fourth birthday. The funeral took place in Barnsley Cemetery. Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing widow and daughter.

Family

Robert was born on 29 August 1859 at Emley, Yorkshire, to parents John Taylor, a farmer (1871), and Mary Porter.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1871 farmer’s son
  • 1881 farmer’s son
  • 1891 glass and china dealer
  • 1901 living on means

He married Ann Porter (b1860) in early 1884 in the Barnsley Registration District, Yorkshire.

Robert died on 29 August 1913 at Doncaster, Yorkshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/834

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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