Blake, Ephraim (1822-1906)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

Ephraim was born on 12 October 1822 at Bury St Edmunds, to parents Abel and Elizabeth. Abel was a labourer in 1841. Ephraim was taught to read and write by his father during the long evenings of winter.

Ephraim was converted aged 15. He immediately became a Primitive Methodist member and teacher in the Sunday School. He became a local preacher when he was 21.

Ministry

His obituary records Ephraim as being of a pleasant and genial disposition with a smile and kindly word for everybody; and never put out, he made few, if any, enemies.

Gifted with a mellow, musical voice, he was fervent and evangelical as a preacher and won many souls to Christ.

Family

Ephraim married Elizabeth Abbs (1831-1905) in 1850 in the Erpingham Registration District. Census returns identify twelve children.

  • Arthur Ephraim (1851-1898) – a brewer’s agent
  • Augusta Elizabeth (1853-1928) – married Alfred Smith, a tailor’s cutter
  • Emma Maria (1855-1916) – married William John Henderson, a sewing machine agent
  • Alfred George (1857-1882)
  • Walter Frank (1859-1913) – an NSPCC Inspector
  • Laura Pamela (1860-1861)
  • Laura Pamela (1862-1906) – married Charles Drake, an ironmonger; the 1891 census also records he was a sub-postmaster, rate collector and registrar of births, marriages and deaths
  • Henrietta Kate (1864-1952) – married Arthur Jary, a master carpenter and builder
  • Edith Jane (1866-1948) – married John Learmonth, a PM Minister
  • Julia Alice (1867-1930) – married Albert Lionel Cossey, a house furnisher’s manager
  • Louisa Mary (1869-1946) – married Sidney Morgan Gosling, a grocer
  • Rose Lilian (1872-1958) – married Edward Walter Flaxman, a bricklayer

Ephraim died on 17 November 1906 at Gorleston, Suffolk.

Circuits

  • 1846 Ipswich
  • 1847 Aylsham
  • 1849 Norwich l
  • 1851 Cambridge
  • 1853 Wangford
  • 1855 Fakenham
  • 1857 Ipswich
  • 1859 Docking
  • 1863 Yarmouth
  • 1866 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1869 Watton
  • 1872 Wisbech
  • 1875 Lowestoft
  • 1879 Norwich
  • 1882 E Dereham
  • 1884 Ely
  • 1889 Yarmouth (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874 (portrait); 1906/156 (Elizabeth);1907/822

PM Minutes 1907/11

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Downloads
Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907.

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