Robert was born on 22 October 1815 at Rockland, Norfolk, to parents Timothy, a shoemaker, and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 26 November 1815 at Rockland All Saints.
Census returns identify occupations for Robert after he left the ministry.
- 1861 waiter at an inn
- 1871 late minister but now a labourer (wdr)
He married Mildred Newell (b1822) in early 1847 in the Walsingham Registration District, Norfolk. Census return identify six children.
- Robert (b1848) – a stationer (1881)
- Mildred (b1849)
- Josiah (b abt1851) – only identified in the 1861 census return
- Albert (b1852)
- Emma (b abt1855)
- William (b1857)
Robert died in June 1872 in the Wayland Registration District, Norfolk. He was buried on 11 June 1872 at Rockland All Saints.
- 1841 N Walsham
- 1842 Soham
- 1843 Fakenham
- 1846 Swaffham
- 1848 Hadleigh
- 1850 Norwich I
- 1852 Wisbech
- 1853 Upwell
- 1854 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: Either Robert’s wife or daughter, Mildred, died in 1862 at Mildenhall, Suffolk.