Monkman, Robert Watson (1829-1893)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

Early years

Robert was born on 22 October 1829 at Bridlington Quay to parents Thomas and Ann. Thomas was a cartman. Robert was converted aged 18

Ministry

Robert’s obituary records that he had a good physique and was always scrupulously neat and methodical. Being one of the best singers in the neighbourhood, his attendance at the various means of grace lent a special charm to those services.

His pulpit efforts were noted for pathos, earnestness and touching appeals. Above everything he sought the conversion of sinners and was most successful in his efforts.

Family

Robert married Hannah Atkinson (1826-1880) in 1854 at Bridlington, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Elizabeth Sarah Ann (1857-1864)
  • Hannah Priscilla (1859-1898) – a schoolmistress and music teacher
  • Annie Eliza (1861-1932) – married James William Seller, a coachbuilder, and later an agent for the Prudential

Robert died on 21 December 1893 at Pocklington, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • 1850 St Austell
  • 1852 Bedford
  • 1854 Chelmsford
  • 1855 Maidenhead
  • 1856 High Wycombe
  • 1858 Whickham Brook
  • 1860 Doncaster
  • 1862 Hull l
  • 1864 Louth
  • 1866 Barton on Humber
  • 1867 Driffield
  • 1870 Epworth
  • 1872 Patrington
  • 1874 North cave
  • 1875 Driffield
  • 1877 Crowle
  • 1879 Pocklington (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1894/18

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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