A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Charles Kendall is attached. He records the following.
“As a preacher he was generally acceptable. There was not a great diversity in his ministrations. He dealt exclusively in great and saving truths. It was more difficult to guess what would be his text than what would be his sermons. Many of his brethren were more eloquent than he, but few were more earnest or more successful. He had an unqualified faith in the gospel as the power of God unto salvation, and he invariably urged his hearers to believe then and be saved. He was always for having penitents brought at once into the possession of pardon, or believers sanctified wholly; he was emphatically a present salvation man.”
Atkinson was born in 16 October 1800 at Scotterthorpe, Lincolnshire, to parents George and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 5 December 1800 at Scotter.
He married Mary Curtis, nee Moore (1809-1890) on 29 May 1834 at Barrow on Humber, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify six children.
- Tabitha Moore (1835-1841)
- Joshua Atkinson (1837-1845)
- Mary Elizabeth (1839-1850)
- Joseph Moore (b1842) – a bank cashier (1871); a shipping clerk (1891)
- Tabitha Moore (1844-1922) – married John Edwards, a tailor & draper (1871), in 1864
- Hephzibah Atkinson (1850-1909) – married John Thompson, a store & timekeeper (1901), in 1873
Atkinson died on 23 January 1853 at Scotter, Lincolnshire.
- 1831 Bradford (6 mths)
- 1831 Leeds (18 mths)
- 1833 Hull
- 1837 Bradford
- 1839 Hull
- 1844 Scotter
- 1845 Gainsborough
- 1846 Driffield
- 1849 Barton on Humber (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1853/388
PM Minutes 1853/6
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p423ff
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers