Dickinson, James Beaumont (1844-1915)

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

Seventy years ago last October our friend was born at Hoyland, and the whole of his life was spent in the locality. Very early in life he was thrown upon his own resources, and those still younger had to look to him for support and direction. Though never in the ordinary sense the head of a family, the responsibilities and cares of such a position were his for the greater part of his life, and those who were the objects of his care, and who survive him, speak in the highest terms of the care and affection with which he bore the heavy responsibilities of his position. 

His conversion took place considerably over fifty years ago, and shortly afterwards he became a local preacher very much in demand. In the circuit records his name has honourable mention in the formation of classes and the planting of societies. He was trustee for more than one chapel, and treasurer of the Hoyland Estate. He represented the circuit in District Synod. 

On May 2nd he passed into the light unfading. A memorial service was preached by the writer.


James was born in 1844 at Hoyland, Yorkshire, to parents James Dickinson, an ironstone miner (1861), and Esther Kay. He was baptised on 24 November 1844 at Nether Hoyland, Yorkshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1861 ironstone miner
  • 1871 miner at ironstone pit
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal mine banksman
  • 1901 banksman – above ground
  • 1911 coal inspector – colliery (above ground)

James died on 2 May 1915 at Nether Hoyland, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/831

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records spell the surname Dickinson, not Dickenson as stated in the obituary.

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