Killingrey, Richard (1825-1866)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Butcher is attached. Butcher writes as follows: ‘Preaching the glorious Gospel of Christ to poor and perishing sinners was his delight, and a full, free, and present salvation found in him an able, earnest, and sometimes a truly eloquent minister. In his discourses he had a happy way of setting before his hearers the great gift of God to a sinful world, and the glories and pleasures of the “better land.” In the various stations where he travelled, his name is held in respectful and affectionate remembrance. And we doubt not but at the last day many will greet him as the honoured agent, in the hand of a merciful God, by whom they were awakened to a sense of their sins, and led to Jesus for salvation and eternal safety. Since his death, a person from Southampton has written to say that he, with many more to his knowledge, were brought into the enjoyment of religion through the labours of our departed brother. “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” ‘


Richard was born on 13 February 1825 at Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, to parents John, a bricklayer, and Elizabeth. He may have been born in 1823, not 1825 as stated in the obituary, as there is a baptism for Richard Killingrey on 16 February 1823 at Stoke Ferry.

He married Mary Stubbing (b abt1835)  on 10 July 1855 at St Andrew, Hampstead, Essex.

Richard died on 31 August 1866 at Hampstead, Essex.

Mary married John Smith, a journeyman carpenter, in 1874.


  • 1850 Scotter (6 mths)
  • 1850 Doncaster (6 mths)
  • 1851 Wellow
  • 1852 Gainsborough
  • 1853 Saffron Walden
  • 1855 Maidenhead
  • 1856 Frome
  • 1858 Falmouth
  • 1861 St Ives
  • 1863 Redruth
  • 1864 Penzance


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866/736

PM Minutes 1867/6

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Leary and some records spell the surname Killingray. Other records and the obituary spell the surname Killingrey.


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