Fothergill, Ralph


I have not been able to identify Ralph in online records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


  • 1869 Buriton
  • 1870 Berkhampsted
  • 1872 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • According to Family Search Ralph Fothergill was born in Colburn, North Riding in 1845 to William, an agricultural labourer and Eleanor.
    He emigrated to New York in 1873, marrying Lucy Martin on 4th July 1873 in Brooklyn, New York City.
    He was still a clergyman, and is recorded in the 1880 US Census as living in Fall River, Massachusetts. He died there on 22nd April 1882, of smallpox.
    Ralph and Lucy had six children:
    Edmund William (1874-1934)
    Marian Eleanor (1876-1882)
    Thomas Howard (1877-1964)
    Lucy Emily (1879-1960)
    Edith Ralphine (1882-1960)
    Mary (1882- )

    His widow Lucy was born in 1849 and died in 1933.
    We are not told which denomination Ralph served in Massachusetts, but the local Hertfordshire newspapers have many references during 1871 to his activities as a Primitive Methodist minister, so perhaps he transferred to one of the American conferences.

    By Philip Thornborow (15/11/2023)

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