Bosson, James (1838-1910)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Lewis Hancock 

James Bosson was born at Lawton, near Alsager, Cheshire, November 20th, 1838. In early life he yielded his heart to Christ, and joined our Church at Talke-o’-the-Hill to which place his parents had then moved. From that time until his death he retained his membership with our Connexion and last year celebrated the jubilee of his membership. 

At Talke he came under the helpful and stimulating influence of Richard Jackson, his class-leader. When Bro. Jackson was called Home, James Bosson was appointed to lead the old class, and for many years it flourished under his leadership. He was also Superintendent of the School, and for some years Treasurer of the Trust Estate. 

In 1882 he and his family moved to Longton, where he at once joined our people, worshipping in the old building in Sutherland Road. Here he rendered invaluable assistance to the cause, and proved himself an earnest and devoted worker, holding the offices of Society Steward and Choirmaster for some years. On the erection of the present splendid Church and Institute in Stone Road, he became a Trustee and laboured indefatigably to reduce its debt and maintain its prosperity. 

In 1897 his eyesight failed, and he gradually became totally blind. With characteristic fortitude he bore the affliction, and determinedly mastered the Braille type. Henceforth he read by its aid, the Scriptures, Biographies and History, and always listened eagerly to the reading of the newspaper by his devoted wife. He took the keenest interest in hearing the news of the Churches and of the Political world, and closely followed all public movements in the district. 

In the last days of his earthly life he suffered great physical and mental affliction, through the whole of which his ever-faithful wife and family ministered unceasingly to all his needs. He fell peacefully on sleep February 7th, 1910, firm in his faith in Christ, and assured of an abundant entrance into the Everlasting Kingdom on High. His life was filled with fruitful and blessed service and his influence lives to-day in our Church.


James was born on 20 November 1838 at Church Lawton, nr. Alsager, Cheshire, to parents William, a boatman (1841), and Mary.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 retired miner (undermanager)

He married Elizabeth Lawton (1848-1931) in the summer of 1863 in the Newcastle under Lyme Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Lowell (1867-1939) – a silk twister (1911)
  • Frank (1868-1931) – a potter’s warehouseman (1901)
  • Henry Howard (abt1877-1940 – a potter’s clerk (1901)
  • George (1877-1940) – a potter’s warehouseman (1901)
  • Ann Jane (1879-1943)      – a school teacher (1901); married Herbert W Blakeman in 1911
  • Florence Mary (1881-1933) – a dressmaker (1901)
  • Isabella (1883-1955)  – a milliner’s assistant (1901)
  • Elizabeth Sandiland (1884-1952) – a potter’s gilder (1901)

James died on 7 February 1910 at Longton, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/411

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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