Whiston, Abraham (1829-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.L.

Abraham Whiston was born at Kynsall Heath, near Audlem, on April 26th, 1829, and died at Cox Bank on February 27th, 1914, aged eighty-five. From early years our friend lived a very strenuous life, and under the influence of bad companions was led into various forms of sin; but during a revival in the Nantwich and Burland Circuit in 1849 he yielded himself to God. He at once joined our Church, attended the class and prayer meetings, and became a Sunday school teacher. For fourteen years he was superintendent, and served as class leader and local preacher. He removed to Audlem in 1860, where he served the Church for many years. 

A diligent and devout reader of the Bible, he nourished his spiritual life with its precious truths. In business he was diligent, honest, and upright. A strict Sabbatarian, he taught his children to observe the sanctity of the Lord’s Day. The death of his wife five years previous to his own left him lonely. Their home was always open to the ministers of the Gospel, and every Christian worker found in him a friend and helper. 


Abraham was born on 26 April 1829 at Kynsall Heath, Audlem, Cheshire, to parents Thomas, who worked the land (1851), and Mary. He was baptised on 17 May 1829 at Audlem, Cheshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Abraham.

  • 1851 journeyman shoemaker
  • 1861 shoemaker
  • 1871 shoemaker
  • 1881 shoemaker
  • 1891 shoemaker & farmer
  • 1901 bootmaker
  • 1911 retired bootmaker

Abraham appears to have a daughter, Rosa (b abt1850). I have not been able to determine if she was adopted or the result of a previous relationship. I have not been able to identify Rosa after the 1861 census return.

He married Annie Malam (1837-1909) in early 1860 in the Nantwich Registration District, Cheshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Agnes (1860-1899) – married William Saddler Carruthers, a veterinary surgeon (1891), in 1889
  • Tom Malam (1862-1926) – a farmer cattle dealer (1921)
  • Carey William (1864-1943) – a general labourer (1921)
  • Abraham Naboth Imiah (1866-1944) – a caretaker (1921)
  • Frank Orlando (1871-1950) – a cattle dealer (1921)
  • Jesse Leonard (1873-1933) – farmer & cattle dealer (1911)
  • Jacob Phineas (1875-1947) – farmer (1921)

Abraham died on 27 February 1914 at Cox Bank,


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/666

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: In records the surname Malam is also spelt Malem.

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