Roger Oakden (1846-1915)
Sir Ralph Oakden's father, Roger Oakden, was a vicar, and well-loved by the parishioners of his first charge in Sutton Maddock, as demonstrated by this large card (48cm x 36cm) presented to him on his departure after 17 years serving them. (transcript right)
To the Reverend Roger Oakden MA
We the undersigned, Parishioners of Sutton Maddock, having heard that it is your intention shortly to resign the Charge of this Parish are anxious to approach you with the expression of our deep regret at the severance of the ties which have existed between us for the long period of seventeen years. In all these years you have been to us a faithful Minister of the Gospel of Christ; “in all things showing yourself a pattern of good works; in Doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity”.
We have found you a kind and sympathizing Friend, ready to share in our sorrows, and our joys. We have regarded you as a wise Counsellor, and a generous helper in all our difficulties. We know well how mindful you have been of the wants of your poorer neighbours and how prompt to relieve them to the utmost of your power.
It is our earnest, Prayer that the Blessing of God may rest upon you and Mrs Oakden and your Family. Wherever your lot may be cast, be assured of this; you will never be forgotten by
Your grateful and affectionate Friends
Thomas Nock, Edward Nock, R R Lawler? J R G Smith, ?? Farmer Jones, A E Mausell, T A Wilson, And 65 others.
Rev Roger Oakden MA(1846-1915)
Early 20th century photos of Bramshall Church, Staffordshire and of Rev Roger & Elizabeth Oakden.
Roger died in 1915 and Elizabeth in 1918.
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