Robert was born on 16 May 1841 at Thetford, Norfolk, to parents Robert, a wheelwright, and Mary Ann.
The 1861 census return records Robert as an engineer apprentice.
On leaving the PM ministry he attended Hackney Theological College and then became a Congregational minister. He emigrated to USA in 1873 where his surname is recorded as Nourse.
He married Eunice South (1833-1901) in late 1867 at Sheerness, Kent. Records identify five children.
- Rose Gertrude (1869-1909)
- Eunice Amelia (b1870)
- Annie Kathleen (1872-1946) – married Thomas M Talbott
- Margaret Roberta (1874-1922)
- Philip Beecher (1877-1944) – a real estate salesman
Robert died on 27 September 1902 at Falls Church, Virginia, USA
- 1863 Lutterworth
- 1864 Bagshot
- 1865 Ryde & Ventnor
- 1866 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Surman Index id:20147 & id20300
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