Chesworth, Charles (1850-1916)

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

The early days of the present year brought for the Whitchurch Circuit an irreparable loss in the death of Charles Chesworth, of Malpas. His health had been failing for some time, but he maintained a deep interest in the affairs of his Church and nation. 

Born at Cuddington, near Malpas, in 1850, with the exception of a brief stay in the Potteries, his whole life has been spent in his native place. Converted in the Old Lion Yard Chapel forty-three years ago, from that time Mr. Chesworth took a deep interest in our cause at Malpas. He has been the chapel treasurer and society steward for thirty-nine years, and when the new church was built twenty-two years ago our brother took a very active part. Called to preach a year after his conversion, his services as preacher and lecturer were in great demand, far and near. 

His remains were laid to rest on January 7th. His widow, two sons and a daughter mourn his loss.


Charles was born in 1850 at Cuddington, nr. Malpas, Cheshire, to parents William Chesworth, a farm labourer (1851), and Martha Warburton. He was baptised on 18 August 1850 at Malpas.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Charles.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 farm servant
  • 1881 carter
  • 1891 carter & farmer
  • 1901 team owner
  • 1911 small farmer and general carter

He married Eliza Brown  (1852-1937) in the summer of 1875 in the Whitchurch Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • George (1877-1959) – a carter (1911); farmer & haulage contractor (1939)
  • William (1879-1942) – a carter (1901)
  • Samuel (1882-1906) – a carter (1901)
  • Emily (1887-1960) – married John Sidebotham, a farmer, dairy & general (1939), in 1914

Charles died on 4 January 1916 at Malpas, Cheshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/562

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