Walsham, Robert (1836-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Sheffield VII. Church is the poorer for the loss of the late Robert Walsham, who passed to the Homeland on April 29th, 1910, aged 72. 

He had been a member over 40 years, and was a worker in our cause before the erection of the present chapel in 1864. As trustee, S.S. teacher, and in many other ways he faithfully served the Church he loved, and supported her interests to the best of his ability. He was a quiet man. He loved deeds, not words. Unfailing in his attendance at the means of grace, his special delight was the Sunday morning service. He loved the class meeting, the band meeting, and the old-time love-feast.

Two years ago, Mr. Walsham’s health began to give way. He bore great suffering with Christian fortitude. To enquiries during the last days as to his spiritual welfare, he would say “I am in His hands. I am ready to go when He calls.”

Mr. Walsham had completed 50 years of happy wedded life with his devoted wife, who, with a large family of sons and daughters, mourns his loss to-day.


Robert was born abt1836 at South Kelsey, Lincolnshire, to parents William Walsham, who worked the land, and Mary Dunn. He was baptised on 3 April 1836 at St Nicholas, South Kelsey.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1851 agricultural labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 mason’s labourer
  • 1881 mason
  • 1891 mason
  • 1901 mason & builder

He married Elizabeth Ann Maddison (1840-1918) in early 1860 in the Caister Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify eleven children.

  • William (1861-1939) – a clerk of works (1891)                
  • Eliza Ann (b1862) – not identified after 1881 census return
  • Arthur (1867-1947) – a bricklayer (1911)                   
  • Charlotte (1870-1906) – married Jesse Salmon, a bricklayer’s labourer (1901), in 1891
  • Flora (1873-1919) – married Albert Robinson, a clothier’s assistant (1911), in 1893
  • Ernest Robert (1874-1923) – a bricklayer (1901)
  • Kate (1876-1965) – married Walter Grant, a table blade grinder (1901), in 1901
  • Albert (1878-1958) – a builder (1911)
  • Elizabeth (b1881) – not identified after 1901 census return
  • Bertha (1884-1970) – married Joseph Webster, a gas fitting inspector (1939), in 1910
  • Emma (b1890) – not identified after 1901 census return

Robert died on 29 April 1910 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/743

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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