Davison, James Elder (1875-1914)

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

In the passing, after a four-days’ illness, of James Elder Davison, Bedlington Church has lost a loyal member and a liberal supporter. At the age of seven years our beloved friend entered the fellowship of the Church. He attended Sunday school, and was organist for some years. At the age of seventeen years he decided to go to sea. On his first voyage a prize was offered by the captain for good behaviour on board, and the boy from Bedlington won it. 

A Primitive Methodist of the third generation, his loyalty to his Church was evinced in many ways. A man of gentle disposition, unselfish and of few words, conscientious and kind towards others, the rough-and-tumble of twenty-two years of sea life never coarsened his nature. The Bible, a gift from his father and mother, when he left home, was his daily guide and companion. 

He died at home on May 20th, amid great agony and pain, but with a soul triumphant and transcendent. Our prayers and sympathy are for the sorrowing family, who deeply mourn the loss of their eldest son and brother. Revs. P. McPhail and J. Dyson conducted the service in theBedlington  Primitive Methodist Church and also at the graveside.

“Safe home in port.”


James was born in February 1875 at Bedlington, Northumberland, to parents John Davison, a coal miner, (1881), and Isabella Foster.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1881 scholar
  • 1891 tailor

As a mariner, James achieved his Mate’s certificate on 11 August 1902 and his Master’s certificate on 9 March 1906.

James died on 20 May 1914 at Bedlington, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/78

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