Brown, James (1841-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.S.

Mr. James Brown was born at Reigate April 27th, 1841, and passed to the Homeland May 13th, 1915. The founder of Methodism in Chertsey, whither he removed forty years ago, he was an ardent and faithful local preacher, often going long journeys in all kinds of weather to serve other churches as well as our own. His bright addresses to the children, and the quaint hymns he sometimes taught them to sing made him a special favourite with the young people. His genial presence in the sanctuary was always an inspiration, and his fervent prayers a means of grace. Generous in disposition, he was ever ready to support any good cause. His home was full of the sunshine of love and sweet with the incense of prayer. 

He was laid to rest in Chertsey Cemetery, May 19th, amid many tokens of respect. Revs. T.G. Pollard (Baptist), Gordon James (Wesleyan) and T. Stephenson took part in the service. He leaves a widow, one daughter, and five sons, among the latter being Rev. J. Marcus Brown, of Lancaster, and Professor Brown, of Truro, who are worthily serving their father’s God.


James was born on 27 April 1841 at Reigate, Surrey, to parents William Brown, who worked the land (1851), and Elizabeth Cannon.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1861 bricklayer’s labourer
  • 1871 painter & glazier
  • 1881 painter
  • 1891 painter
  • 1901 painter & decorator
  • 1911 master house decorator

He married Mary Moody (b1841) in late 1866 in the Southampton Registration District, Hampshire. Census returns identify six of eight children.

  • James Marcus (1867-1933) – a PM minister and missionary
  • Robert William (b1869) – professor of mental service
  • Stephen Charles (1871-1937) – a broker’s clerk (1891)
  • Frederick Henry (b1877) – a house painter (1911)
  • Agnes Emma (b abt1880) – a business clerk (1911)
  • Arthur George (1887-1916) – a house painter (1911); died in WW1 – private in RAMC

James died on 13 May 1915 at Chertsey, Surrey.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/747

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