Robert Bowen

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

1823-1896

By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

Robert was born on 4 February 1823 at Medlicott, Shropshire. He was the fourth son of farmers who were among the first to hear, receive and provide a home for Primitive Methodist preachers.

Robert was brought up attending PM services, though it was not until September 1844 that he was converted in a prayer meeting at Asterton chapel led by Rev Richard Owen (1812-1852). Robert then joined the society and went on the plan in September 1845. It was at a camp meeting in 1851 that he felt a call to the itinerant ministry.

Ministry

In 40 years as an itinerant minister Robert;

  • visited 67,488 families
  • walked 62,171 miles
  • rode 38,382 miles (last 20 years)
  • preached 9,993 times
  • saw 1,089 souls profess to be converted
  • had an increase of 1,008 on the stations he travelled.

Family

Robert married Elizabeth Stephens (1824-1864) in 1857 at Chorlton, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Elizabeth (b1861)
  • Maria (b1863)

Robert married Ann Davies (b abt 1829) in the spring of 1867 at Presteigne, Radnorshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Ann (b1869)

Robert died on 12 Jun 1896 at Bishops Castle, Shropshire.

Circuits

  • 1852 Bishops Castle
  • 1853 Tunstall
  • 1855 Leominster & Weobly
  • 1857 Burland
  • 1859 Brierley Hill
  • 1861 Stafford
  • 1865 Cwm
  • 1868 Prees Green
  • 1871 Brierley Hill
  • 1875 Ludlow
  • 1879 Leintwardine
  • 1883 Brierley Hill
  • 1885 Talke
  • 1891 Bishops Castle (S)
  • 1894 Dudley

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866/371 (Elizabeth); 1879 (portrait); 1897/942

PM Minutes 1897/10

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

This page was added by Geoff Dickinson on 04/05/2013.