Troop, Robert (1836-1911)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.G.
Mr. Robert Troop, of Rasen Lane Church, Lincoln Second Circuit, died on September 15th, after several months of increasing weakness, at the ripe age of seventy-five. He was converted when sixteen, and throughout life remained a faithful disciple. His occupation necessitated removal from village to village, and sometimes he found it inevitable that he should join another Methodist Church, but in heart he was ever a loyal Primitive Methodist.
He served in various capacities, the chief work of his last years being the care of a class. Pre-eminently fitted for the work, he was loved of his members. A few days before he died he learned with joy of an increasing attendance. He loved the cause, and was never so happy as within the chapel walls. His religion was of the radiant type, with which he combined a rare ethical fidelity. Fellow-workmen testified to the purity and influence of his life.
A memorial service took place at the interment on September 29th, which was conducted by Rev. T. Graham.
Robert was born abt1836 at South Carlton, Lincolnshire, to parents William, who worked the land (1851), and Martha. He was baptised on 19 February 1837 at South Carlton.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.
- 1851 agricultural labourer
- 1861 carter
- 1871 farm bailiff
- 1881 agricultural labourer (foreman)
- 1891 agricultural labourer
- 1901 bricklayer’s labourer
- 1911 foundry labourer
He married Elizabeth White (1840-1934) in early 1859 in the Gainsborough Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify four children.
- John William (1860-1942) – a farm foreman (1911)
- Mary Ann (1862-1930) – married Arthur Bartholomew, a locomotive engineer (1900), in 1886; emigrated to USA in 1886
- Sarah (1864-1945) – married Robert Vasey, a domestic coachman (1891), in 1882; emigrated to USA in 1903
- Ethel Elizabeth (1883-1968) – married Tom Scott, a foundry labourer (1911), in 1908
Robert died on 15 September 1911 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/995
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