A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G Bagley is attached. It focuses primarily on his last few weeks in the Darlaston circuit. It concludes as follows.
“He possessed good talents, was remarkably upright, and much beloved in the circuits.”
Robert was born on 5 February 1802 at Selby, Yorkshire, to parents Robert and Rebecca.
He married Hannah Nicholson (1803-1875) on 30 September 1823 at Howden, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four children.
- Mary Ann (b abt1826)
- Sarah (b abt1827) – a worsted weaver (1951)
- William (1829-1916) – a wool sorter (1851); a wool salesman (1871)
- Elizabeth (1833-1906) – a worsted weaver (1851); married Isaac Swinden, a coal dealer (1881), in 1873
Robert died on 20 November 1834 at Darlaston, Staffordshire.
- 1823 Brotherton
- 1824 Marshland
- 1825 Louth
- 1826 Hull
- 1827 Pocklington
- 1830 Halifax
- 1832 Bradford
- 1834 Darlaston
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1835/180
PM Minutes 1835/2
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers