Marston, Laban (1880-1906)


A transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by W. Glover is attached. He writes as follows: “His sermons were most carefully prepared and well-thought out, never betraying haste nor insufficient preparation. In pastoral work he excelled. His visits never failed to bring sunshine and heartening, being eagerly anticipated and always welcome. Many a needy one has cause to be thankful for his practical sympathy, and not a few have found the Saviour through his ministry in the home. He ever glowed with a passion for souls, and with a quiet yet intense enthusiasm for the Christ. His industry was tireless. Though never robust, the work he managed to accomplish was astonishing. He was in great request for Christian Endeavour gatherings and P.S.A. meetings on the island.” 


Laban was born on 4 February 1880 at Willenhall, Staffordshire, to parents Laban, a padlock maker (1881), and Eliza.

Before entering the ministry Laban worked as a mortice locksmith (1901).

Laban died on 6 June 1907 at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, Hampshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1904 Braintree
  • 1905 Ryde & Ventnor


PM Minutes 1907/28

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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