Capper, Alfred (1852-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by E.M.

Mr. A. Capper, the son of one of the pioneers of Primitive Methodism, was born at Tunstall February 10th, 1852. The family removing to Wolstanton, Alfred with his brothers took a prominent part in the work of our infant cause, becoming a teacher, trust secretary, and Sunday-school superintendent. He took an active part in the erection of the new church and schools, and it was largely by his efforts that a new organ was installed free from debt. 

Removing to Burslem, for eighteen years he gave to our Church of his best—time, talent, service, and substance, and served with distinguished ability on the School Board and Town Council. As a manufacturer and employer he held a high place in commercial circles and among his employees. Ten years ago he migrated with his family to Australia. He at once attached himself to our Church and was superintendent of the school and circuit steward at Burwood, Sydney, at the time of his death, on January 5th, 1914. Members of the family  in the homeland and  friends across the sea will rejoice that, although dead, he yet speaketh. 

Rev. E. Mather preached a memorial sermon at Wolstanton, and Mr. J.W. Goodwin, of Tunstall, gave the memorial address.


Alfred was born on 10 February 1852 at Tunstall, Staffordshire, to parents Benjamin Capper, and Mary Ann Durber.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Alfred.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 hollow-ware presser
  • 1881 commercial traveller
  • 1891 earthenware manufacturer
  • 1901 earthenware manufacturer

The family emigrated to Australia in 1904.

He married Hannah Povey (1854-1922) in early 1877 in the Wolstanton Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Eleanor (b1878)
  • Eva (1879-1946) – married Peter Kay, a PM minister, in 1907
  • Grace Povey (1880-1956) – married Clarence Percy Seccombe, a pottery manufacturer (1936), in 1908
  • Alfred (1883-1951) – a mechanic (1930)
  • Emily (1885-1977) – married Walter James Grainger, a cabinet maker (1933), in 1914
  • Florence Hannah (1886-1972) – married Ernest Charles Steed, an ironmonger (1930), in 1914
  • Elsie (1888-1893)
  • Arthur George (1890-1969) – a clerk (1930); a pottery manufacturer (1954)
  • Mabel (1891-1966) – married Geoffrey Saunders Currey, an analytical chemist (1933), in 1917
  • Ernest Victor (1893-1964) – an analytical chemist (1954)

Alfred died on 5 January 1914 at Burwood, Sydney, Australia.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/330(2)

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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