Hilton, Robert (1832-1913)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

Robert was born on 12 January 1832 at Bradwell, Derbyshire. His mother died when he was two or three years old.

Robert attended Bradwell Primitive Methodist Sunday School from an early age and was converted aged 20. He became a Sunday School teacher, a visitor of the sick and a leader of prayer meetings. Two years later he was put on the plan.

Ministry

Rev Edward Mather writes in Robert’s obituary; ‘Modest, unambitious, and thoroughly conscientious in all his dealings. He had a passionate love of preaching the Gospel, and this loved burned in him to the very last.’

Family

Robert married Christina Russell (abt 1842-1892) in Scotland. Census returns identify eight children.

  • William J (b abt 1866) – a clerk (1891)
  • David (1867-1942) – a chemist & druggist
  • Christina (1871-1952)
  • Robert Arthur (1872-1919) – a clerk
  • Helen Matilda (1875-1946) – married John Joseph Coole, a builders merchant
  • Maud (b1878)
  • Harold Russell (b1879)
  • Frederick George (1883-1962) – a stationary engine driver (1911)

Robert died on 22 August 1913 at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Circuits

  • 1860 Settle & Grassington
  • 1861 Baldock
  • 1862 Alloa
  • 1863 Portadown
  • 1864 Lisburn
  • 1866 Lancaster
  • 1868 Preston Brook
  • 1870 Blackburn
  • 1872 Darwen
  • 1873 Fleetwood
  • 1876 Chester ll
  • 1878 Castletown
  • 1882 Dublin
  • 1883 Belfast
  • 1885 E Dereham
  • 1888 St Day
  • 1890 Glastonbury
  • 1893 Yeovil
  • 1896 Newtown
  • 1897 Kelsale
  • 1899 Castletown
  • 1902 Glasgow (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891/321; 1914/76

PM Minutes 1914/30

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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