Dakin, Alfred (1857-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.R.

On Sunday, Nov. 29th, 1914, Brother Alfred Dakin, of Mossley, passed peacefully away, aged fifty-seven years. A native of the Ashbourne Circuit, in youth he became an earnest Christian and ardent worker for the Master. He was soon put on the plan, and for upwards of thirty-seven years laboured faithfully as a local preacher. 

His striking personality as a class leader can never be forgotten by his members. As Sunday school teacher and superintendent, trustee and secretary for the Ashbourne Chapel, he served his Church. In the erection of the new church at Ashbourne he rendered herculean service and gave generously. He was held in the highest esteem by all sections of the community as a genuine follower of Jesus Christ, upright in all his ways, whose word was his bond.

Later in life business circumstances led him to remove to Mossley, where he took the same deep interest in church work and life as far as his secular employ would permit.

He has left behind a widow and family, to whom our hearts go out in deepest sympathy.


Alfred was born abt1857 at Shirley, Derbyshire, to parents Samuel Dakin, a farmer of 54 acres (1861), and Sarah Bagshaw.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Alfred.

  • 1871 farm servant
  • 1881 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 coal merchant
  • 1901 coal merchant
  • 1911 night watchman at cotton spinning works

He married Elizabeth Ann Barker (1860-1889) in early 1886 in the Ashbourne Registration District, Derbyshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Gertrude Barker (1887-1973) – a confectioner (1911); married Alfred Ogden, a coal bag filler (1939), in 1913

He married Emma Barker (1862-1920) in the summer of 1890 in the Derby Registration District, Derbyshire. Emma was a sister of Elizabeth. Census returns identify four children.

  • Ethel Ann (1891-1982) – a cotton winder; married Frank Stirk, a railway platelayer, in 1917
  • Maggie (1892-1980) – cotton winder (1911); married Franklin Stevens, a cotton spinner (1921), in 1913
  • Paul (1893-1971) – a motor driver (1921)
  • Alfred Samuel (1896-1954) – a platelayer (1921)

Alfred died on 29 November 1914 at Mossley, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/498

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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