Robert was born on 20 December 1845 at Haswell, Co. Durham, to parents Thomas, a cool miner, and Mary. He was baptised on 12 July 1846 at Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Before entering the ministry Robert was a coal miner (1861 & 1871). He emigrated to the United States in 1877 where he was a Presbyterian minister.
He married Mary Jane Johns (1848-1933) on 23 June 1877 in New York, USA. Census returns identify one child.
- Joseph Thomas (1880-1935) – a mail carrier (1910)
Robert died on 6 April 1936 ay New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, USA.
- 1872 Plymouth
- 1874 Torquay
- 1875 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers