Roe, Henry (1842-1920)

The Roes are my husband’s side of the family but I have a particular interest in one of his relatives, Rev. Henry Roe, who went to Fernando Po in West Africa with Rev. R W Burnett in January 1870.

Henry was born in Lenton, Nottingham in 1842 and died in a railway carriage on St. Ives station in 1920.

Henry wrote a number of books about his African experiences, at least one of which is in the Engelsea Brook Museum.

Stations from 1865 to 1899

Rev. Henry Roe was appointed in 1864 and his first post was in Northampton in 1865. I think this would have probably been at the Horsemarket Chapel before it was rebuilt in 1872.

In 1866 he was in Maidenhead, 1868 -1869 in Newport, Isle of Wight.

At the end of 1869 he was in Stansted. Also in 1869 he went back to Lenton where he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Holmes. January 1870 they set sail for Fernando Po. Their first child was born in March that year but died in May and is buried in what was then the local graveyard on the island.

1872 saw them back in England stationed in Rugby, 1873 in Parson Street, Glasgow, 1874 to 1877 chapels in London area.

1877-1879 the family were on St. Helier in Jersey, 1881 Saffron Walden, 1882 Woburn Sands, 1883-1886 St. Ives, Cornwall. Late 1886 and 1887 Dawley, Shropshire. 1888 in Wellingborough, Northampton. 1889-1891 Chinnor, near Oxford.

1893 Radstock, then from 1894-1898 various stations in Yorkshire. Henry retired as a circuit Minister in 1899 and settled in St. Ives. He was a guest speaker at the 1820-1920 Centenary Conference in Hull, and died in October 1920 after hurrying to catch a train in St.Ives, where he is buried.

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