Atkinson, Robert (1793-1858)

Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.9a

Robert was born in November 1793 at Owersby, Lincolnshire, to parents William and Mary. He was baptised on 17 November 1793.

Robert was converted at the age of twenty-four.


Robert became a travelling preacher on 1 May 1820 at the age of twenty seven. Petty records that; β€˜he laboured with acceptance and success, and was respected for his meek and gentle spirit, and his upright and consistent walk.’

In 1854, finding the cares of the superintendency had become too oppressive for him, Robert gracefully sought a subordinate position and henceforward devoted most of his time to the spiritual interest of the societies he served.

In 1856 he was appointed a permanent member of conference to replace John Garner, but was only present at one afterwards.


Robert was married to Elizabeth (1794-1869). Census returns identify two children.

Robert died on 12 August 1858 at Thirsk, Yorkshire


  • 1821 Grimsby
  • 1823 Louth
  • 1824 Scotter
  • 1826 Pocklington
  • 1827 Grimsby
  • 1829 Lincoln
  • 1831 Wakefield
  • 1833 Sunderland
  • 1836 Glasgow
  • 1837 Hexham
  • 1839 Darlington
  • 1841 Westgate
  • 1842 S Shields
  • 1844 Ripon
  • 1847 Thirsk
  • 1849 Leeds V
  • 1851 Pickering
  • 1852 Pateley Bridge
  • 1854 Ripon
  • 1855 Bradford
  • 1857 Thirsk


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1831/193; 1858/705

PM Minutes 1859/6

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p562

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p465 & 466

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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  • This page was modified to add links to the obituary of daughter Martha and sketch about son-in-law Robert Pickering.

    By Geoff Dickinson (15/03/2017)

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