Robins - Ann Vickery Robins, Mary Ann Taylor Robins and Paul Robins - Tombstones at Providence Cemetery

J. Bowen 8 Sep 2015

Ann Vickery (1800-1853) and Mary Ann Taylor (1804-1892) were amongst the longest serving female itinerant preachers within the Bible Christian Connexion.  Ann Vickery married Paul Robins, a fellow preacher in 1831.  The couple came to Canada in 1846.  Ann died a few years later in 1853. Paul Robins returned briefly to England married Mary Ann Taylor in 1854 in Cornwall. Paul and Mary then returned to Canada.


The tombstones for both women acknowledge their service to the Bible Christians as transcribed in 1986.

Ann Vickery: “She was converted through the instrumentality of the Bible Christians A.D. 1819 and for 34 y’rs commended the Saviour to the acceptance of others.”

Mary Ann Taylor: “For 32 years previous to her marriage she laboured diligently as an itinerant preacher among the Bible Christians.”

Source: Gannon B, Schmid H, Pickard K. Providence Cemetery. Conc 3 Lot 3 Darlington Twp. A Genealogical Reference Listing. Ontario Genealogical Society. May 1986. pg. 4.

Providence Cemetery, Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada. 43°56’43.9″N 78°39’09.4″W

Comments about this page

  • Paul Robins was born September 6, 1804 in Kenwyn, Corwall and died in Bowmanville, Ontario on April 29, 1890. He joined the Bible Christians in 1819 and was assigned to Ringsash in January 1823. He was President of the Conference in 1836 and 1843. A brief biography for Paul Robins is available in A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland.
    An extract of his journal describing his voyage from Padstow to Quebec City in 1846 is available at

    By James Bowen (09/08/2020)
  • It would be nice to know a little bit about Paul Robins, also a preacher, who was married to both of these extraordinary ladies, including his birth and death year.

    By Thomas Lee (07/08/2020)
  • Further details about the life of Ann Vickery can found in the following Canadian Biography written by Albert Burnside.

    Albert Burnside, “VICKERY, ANN,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 8, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed October 31, 2015,

    By James Bowen (31/10/2015)

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