Richard Baxter

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911


By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

Richard was born on 27 April 1828 at Leeds, Yorkshire to parents David and Winifred. He was baptised on 11 July 1828 at St Peter, Leeds. David was a wool comber and later a bailiff.

Up to the age of 17 Richard worked in a textile factory. He attended the established church and was confirmed, but left due to the behaviour of some of those confirmed with him. At the age of 17, Richard joined the Primitive Methodists and became a local preacher.


His obituary records that Richard was a preacher of no mean order, never lowering his Church in the matter of pulpit efficiency and during his active ministry was able to report increase to the number of 1,137.

He was passionately fond of children; he took so much notice of them in services that once in Cobden St pulpit, the address to the children lasted so long that there was no time for the sermon, and the old folks had to go without.


Richard married Jemima Ann Porritt (1829-1873) on 5 October 1854 at Queen Street Chapel, Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

He later married Ann (b abt 1831) from Peterborough.

Richard died on 24 November 1910 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


  • 1851 Dewsbury
  • 1852 York
  • 1853 Otley
  • 1855 Huddersfield
  • 1857 Barnsley
  • 1859 Clayton West
  • 1861 Leeds West
  • 1864 Pateley Bridge
  • 1865 London lV
  • 1868 Canterbury
  • 1871 Peterborough
  • 1872 Newport, IoW
  • 1875 Silchester
  • 1876 Newport Pagnall
  • 1878 Wickham Brook
  • 1881 Kidderminster
  • 1887 Bilston
  • 1890 Wellingborough
  • 1891 Kilburn (S)
  • 1892 Peterborough l


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875/176 (Jemima); 1879 (portrait); 1911/405

PM Minutes 1911/17

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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