Middleton, Robert (1834-1901)
Robert was born on 28 November 1834 at Bradwell, Derbyshire to parents Robert and Hannah. Robert senior was a lead miner and Sunday School teacher.
Robert was a nephew of Joseph Middleton. He was converted under the ministry of Rev John Standrin on 2 June 1850. He soon was on the plan and leading a class. Before becoming an itinerant Robert also worked as a lead miner.
Robert’s obituary records that he did not aspire to rhetorical display, but he was well read, fluent of speech, and eminently practical in his discourses. He was a believer in the old fashioned Methodist doctrine.
His ambition was the salvation of souls and the prosperity of his own station, and in his efforts to secure this he walked some 100,000 miles to preach thousands of sermons to perishing sinners.
Robert married Harriet Jane Jolly (1841-1916) in 1865 at Douglas, Isle of Man. Census returns identify five children.
- Robert Jolly (1866-1949) – a grocer; later a farmer (1911)
- Joseph King (1868-1940)
- Martha Jane (b1870)
- George Heber (1872-1952) – a butcher (1911)
- Marmaduke Edward (1875-1939) – a builder
Robert died on 13 December 1901 at Bottesford, Lincolnshire and was buried at Bradwell.
- 1859 Preston Brook
- 1860 Chester
- 1861 Bury
- 1862 Preston
- 1863 Chorley
- 1864 Wigan
- 1865 Douglas
- 1866 Bradwell
- 1868 Stockport
- 1870 Rochdale
- 1871 Wrexham
- 1875 Bromyard
- 1877 Abergavenny
- 1879 Tamworth
- 1882 Maidstone
- 1884 Whitstable
- 1886 Spalding
- 1888 Whickhambrook
- 1890 Stowmarket
- 1894 Sheerness
- 1898 Aylesbury
- 1900 Bottesford
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1892/513; 1902/308
PM Minutes 1902/23
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers