Robert was born on 14 July 1857 at Thorney, Cambridgeshire, to parents William Phillips, a carpenter (1861), and Mary Ann Death. He was baptised on 2 August 1857 at Thorney.
The 1871 census return records Robert as a bricklayer’s boy.
Robert transferred to the Church of England ministry.
He married Sarah Hatton (b1859) in the summer of 1881 in the Birkenhead Registration District, Cheshire. Census returns and birth records identify four children.
- Gertrude Elizabeth (1890-1890)
- Herbert Lawrence hatton (1891-1891)
- Blanche Florence (1893-1985)
- Gertrude Ada Elizabeth Emma (1895-1982) – married Robert Shirley MacDonnell Salt in 1942
Robert died on 10 April 1942 at Ruislip, Middlesex.
- 1876 New Mills
- 1877 Chester II
- 1878 Birkenhead
- 1880 Malton
- 1882 Birmingham II
- 1883 Portadown
- 1884 Belfast I
- 1885 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers