Dent, James (1870-1916)

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

Dearham Society, in Cockermouth Circuit, has experienced a great loss in the death of Mr. James Dent, of Row Brow, May 15th, 1916, at the age of forty-six years, after a protracted illness. 

Converted at the age of twenty-two years, he soon found spheres of usefulness. Urged to become a local preacher, he respectfully declined, believing in the special importance of work amongst the young. In the course of time he prepared the Scripture examination class, became school superintendent, president of the C.E. Society, and was one of the chapel trustees at the time of his death. 

The interment took place on May 18th in the parish churchyard, prior to which a service was held in our own church, the Rev. A. J. Bull officiating.


James was born abt1870 at Bridekirk, Cumberland, to mother Ellen Dent, a mill operative (1871). His mother married Henry Casson, a coal miner (1881), in 1873.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1881 scholar
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal hewer
  • 1911 coal miner

He married Ellen Martin (1869-1952) in early 1893 in the Cockermouth Registration District, Cumberland. Census returns identify eight of ten children.

  • Ellen Casson (1894-1980) – a dressmaker (1921); married Joseph McMaster Hewitt, a railway company painter (1939), in 1922
  • Jane (1897-1984) – grocer’s assistant (1921)
  • James (1898-1982) – miner hewer (1921)
  • Myra (1900-1985) – a general domestic servant (1921); cook (1939)
  • Christina Yates (1905-1997) – married Harry Sharp, a miller’s warehouseman (1939), in 1925
  • Benjamin (1907-1977) – a gardener (1939)
  • Martha (1910-1999) – shorthand typist (1939); married Cecil Melville in 1943
  • Reginald (1915-1987)

James died on 15 May 1916 at Row Brow, Dearham, Cumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/785

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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