Robinson, William (1837-1918)
William was born in 1837 at Withernwick, in the Hornsea circuit, Yorkshire to parents William and Ann. William senior was a tailor.
William’s obituary recorded that he had marked natural advantages. He had a magnificent voice of wonderful range and compass. As a preacher he soon became widely known and was in great demand for special services.
William was elected a Fellow of the Society of Science, Arts and Literature by London University.
William married Mary Jane Simpson (1840-1904) in the summer of 1863 at Driffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify eight children.
- Robert William (b1864) – a chemist
- Frederick James (b1867) – a railway traffic agent (1911)
- Henry John (1870-1941) – a house painter
- Mary Elizabeth (b1871) – a music teacher
- Margaret Ann (b1873) – a music teacher; married William Clement Ball, a PM Minister
- Marmaduke (1874-1949) – a PM Minister
- Jane Ellen (b1876)
- Albert Edward (b1880)
William married Sarah Emily Bartle (1871-1941) in the summer of 1905 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Census returns identify two children.
- Winifred (b1906)
- Rosabel (b1910
William died on 13 May 1918 at Retford, Nottinghamshire.
- 1858 Motherwell
- 1859 Glasgow
- 1860 Hastings
- 1862 Gloucester
- 1863 Ramsgate
- 1864 London ll
- 1866 Newport, IoW
- 1868 Hull l
- 1871 Hull ll
- 1872 Doncaster l
- 1875 Goole
- 1878 Hull lV
- 1882 Peterborough
- 1885 Paisley
- 1889 Edinburgh
- 1892 Pudsey
- 1894 Wakefield
- 1898 Malton
- 1902 Retford
- 1906 Retford (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1887 (portrait); 1905/496 (Mary Jane); 1918/657
PM Minutes 1918/277
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers