Kaye, Robert (1804-1863)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T. Jobling is attached. Jobling writes: “As I have laboured thirty years in the Manchester District, in which district the whole of Mr. Kaye’s official career was spent, I have pleasure in being able to say from a long acquaintance with him, that he was an exemplary, an earnest, and a prudent, prayerful, and faithful minister of Christ. In his private and public deportment he showed that in his estimation much of heaven should be connected with an office, the purpose of which is to conduct men thither. His preaching was earnest, as that of one who intended his own salvation and that of his hearers. His prudence did not lead him to keep back any important truth, to listen to any compromise with sin ; he was not silent when he ought to speak, nor did he sit in quaking cowardly concealment when the honour of God and his cause called for boldness and activity.”


Robert was born on 25 February 1804 near Portechee, Isle of Man, to parents Evan and Catharine.

He married Betsey Ashe (1810-1874) on 6 May 1834 at St John, Deansgate, Manchester. Census returns identify two children.

  • Sarah Ann (1836-1900) – a milliner (1861); married Edward Kershaw, a PM minister, in 1865
  • Robert James (b1838) – a joiner (1861)                     

Robert died on 26 July 1863 at Stockport, Cheshire.


  • 1828 Chester
  • 1829 Preston Brook (6 mths)
  • 1829 Oldham (6 mths)
  • 1830 New Mills
  • 1831 New Mills (6 myths)
  • 1831 Stockport (6 mths)
  • 1833 Isle of Man
  • 1835 Keighley
  • 1837 Liverpool
  • 1939 Silsden
  • 1841 Warrington
  • 1844 Ramsey
  • 1845 Bury
  • 1847 Bolton
  • 1849 Rochdale
  • 1851 Preston Brook
  • 1853 Stalybridge
  • 1855 Lymm
  • 1858 Stockport
  • 1861 Preston
  • 1863 Stockport (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863/705

PM Minutes 1864/6

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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