James Barnes

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

1836-1911

By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

James was born on 13 July 1836 at Briston, Norfolk to parents Robert and Sarah. Robert worked the land.

James was converted at a cottage prayer meeting held on 14 December 1852. The following June he was authorised to accompany a local preacher on his appointments and on the next plan is shown as an exhorter.

James was recommended for the ministry in September 1855 and started at the Hertford mission in November 1855. Seven weeks later he was sent to Newtown and Welshpool to supply for Rev David Kent.

Ministry

His obituary records that James was known for his fervour and aptitude for distinctive evangelistic preaching.

Family

James married Jane Pessoll (1844-1925) in the summer of 1861 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Census returns identify nine children. (His obituary records that he had a total of eleven children; eight died before him.)

  • Sarah Jane (b1862)
  • Eleanor Pessoll (1864-1874)
  • Mary Ann (b1868)
  • Julia (1870-1908) – married Joseph baker, a hardware merchant clerk
  • James William (b1872) – a chemist (1891)
  • John Robert (1877-1895)
  • Ernest Bramwell (1880-1900)
  • Thomas (b1882) – an insurance agent (1911)
  • Martin Luther (1883-1938) – a tram conductor (1911)

James died in December 1911 at Brierley Hill, Staffordshire.

Circuits

  • 1856 Baldock
  • 1857 Plymouth
  • 1858 West Bromwich
  • 1860 Tunstall
  • 1862 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1863 Brough
  • 1864 Brierley Hill
  • 1866 Oswestry
  • 1867 Dudley
  • 1870 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1873 Ludlow
  • 1875 Dudley
  • 1878 Willenhall
  • 1881 Oakengates
  • 1884 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1887 Old Hill
  • 1889 Manchester V
  • 1891 Macclesfield
  • 1896 Glossop
  • 1899 Redditch
  • 1902 Birmingham lV (S)
  • 1909 Brierley Hill

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883 (portrait); 1912/237

PM Minutes 1912/10

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 20/05/2013.