Fletcher, Robert (1852-1934)

Christian Messenger 1918
Christian Messenger 1918

Obituary

ROBERT FLETCHER: who entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry on 1877, and for fifty-seven years laboured with noble consecration. Volunteering for work in Ireland in 1889, his work brought him honour in all sections of the community of Portadown. In no part of the minister’s task was he found wanting. He was made Chairman of the West Midland Synod, and whilst attending a District Conference in Birmingham in 1917 he met with an accident which led to his retirement. The remainder of his life was spent at Wrexham. He placed all the Free Churches in his debt for welcome pulpit supplies. He was a brother beloved of his brethren. He died at Wrexham on November 3, 1934.

Family

Robert was born in 1852 at Dawley, Shropshire, to parents William and Hannah. William was a coal miner.

Robert married Elizabeth Chapman (b1851) in the summer of 1881 at Gravesend, Kent. Census returns identify one of two children.

  • William Robert George (1883-1929) – a hairdresser, umbrella repairer and tobacconist (1911)

Robert died on 3 November 1934 at Wrexham, Denbighshire.

Circuits

  • 1877 Gravesend
  • 1878 London VI
  • 1880 Canterbury
  • 1881 Ramsgate
  • 1883 Hayward’s Heath
  • 1886 Balham & Clapham
  • 1888 Balham & Brixton
  • 1889 Portadown
  • 1892 Burnley II
  • 1894 Aylesbury
  • 1897 W Hartlepool
  • 1901 Coxhoe
  • 1905 Chester le Street
  • 1909 Buckley
  • 1913 West Bromwich
  • 1914 Rugby
  • 1915 Cradley Heath
  • 1917 Cradley Heath (S)
  • 1922 Wrexham

References

Methodist Minutes 1935/198

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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