Nelson, Robert William (1879-1940)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ROBERT WILLIAM NELSON: born at Colkirk, Norfolk, in 1879. He early associated himself with the Primitive Methodist Church. He entered the Hartley College in 1901, and began his ministry at Hereford in 1903.

For thirty-seven years he gave himself unstintingly to the work of the ministry, and brought to the churches the enriching quality of a gracious personality. All his work bore the hallmark of sincerity; his life was marked by courtesy, considerateness, and loyalty. His messages were always well prepared and thoroughly evangelical, and his great joy was to lead others to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

In the midst of his labours he suddenly passed to the larger life on October 19, 1940, in the sixty-first year of his age and the thirty-seventh of his ministry.


Robert was born on 26 October 1879 at Colkirk, nr Fakenham, Norfolk, to parents Robert, a farm labourer (1881), and Mary.

He married Ethel Miriam Beatrice Robinson (1882-1954) in the summer of 1907 at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.

Robert died on 19 October 1940 at Northallerton, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1903 Hereford
  • 1905 Cardiff II
  • 1907 Hay
  • 1910 Pickering
  • 1913 Ripon
  • 1918 Doncaster I
  • 1921 Brotton
  • 1926 Ashington
  • 1930 Batley
  • 1934 Barton on Humber
  • 1939 Brompton


Methodist Minutes 1941/165

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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