Rust, Edward (1813-1888)
Edward was born on 26 November 1813 at Heacham, Norfolk, to parents Edward Rust and Sarah Kelks. He was baptised on 29 November 1813 at Heacham. Edward’s father was a farmer and miller, and attended the established church.
As a young man, Edward was of an exitable nature, which exposed him to the temptation of sin. He was converted through the Primitive Methodists when he was 21. Edward moved to Lynn where he became a local preacher.
Petty records that Edward joined the Saffron Walden mission in January 1843. He worked on that mission for two and a half years. During that time there was an increase of two local preachers, four places of worship and 102 members of society.
Edward’s obituary records; ‘In his prime he was a man of much energy, capable of great endurance and abundant in labour. His ambition was to save souls, and promote the spiritual interests of his stations. He was very attentive to circuit business. He loved the Connexion, and gloried in its history and work.’
After his superannuation, Edward moved to Crook to live with a daughter. A stroke in 1884 prevented him from further preaching.
Edward married Emma Fowlser (1820-1882) on 30 December 1844. Records identify eight children.
- Emma (1845-1918) – married Thomas Brodie, a PM Minister
- Anna Elizabeth (1847-1891) – a teacher
- Jane (1849-1918) – married John Parnell Bailey, a draper.
- Edward William (1851-1917) – a traveller and later a cashier.
- John (1854-1936) – a draper
- Robert (1856-1918) – a railway station master
- Mary (b1859)
- Henry Fowlser (1865-1929) – a clerk
Edward died on 10 March 1888 at Crook, Co Durham.
- 1837 Yarmouth
- 1838 Fakenham
- 1840 Norwich
- 1842 Upwell
- 1844 Saffron Walden
- 1845 Bedford
- 1847 Ramsgate
- 1849 Isle of Wight
- 1852 Portsmouth
- 1854 Donaghmore
- 1855 Newcastle
- 1858 Stockton
- 1860 Durham
- 1863 Westgate
- 1866 Wolsingham
- 1869 Brough
- 1870 Shotley Bridge
- 1872 Hexham
- 1874 Brompton
- 1876 Kendal
- 1878 Eyemouth
- 1883 Crook (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863 (portrait); 1890/625
PM Minutes 1888/19
J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p433
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers