Townsend, Richard (1801-1839)


A Transcription of his obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.W. Armitage is attached.

Bro. J. A. Bastow, his last superintendent, says, “His labours, as far as they went, were acceptable in this circuit. He was useful in the conversion of souls; this work lay near his heart, and he was the most attentive and diligent young man I ever knew. He had always every thing right and straight; was punctual in all his engagements to a moment; the very picture of good order. As a colleague, he was amicable, respectful, and kind.”


Richard was born in 1801 at Tideswell, Derbyshire, to parents William and Sarah. He was baptised on 25 April 1801 at Tideswell.

Richard died on 15 November 1839 in the Tynemouth Registration District, Northumberland.


  • 1834 Stockport
  • 1835 Preston
  • 1836 Chester
  • 1837 Preston Brook
  • 1838 Stockton
  • 1839 Newcastle


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1840/177

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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