Jackson, Edward (1837-1900)

Transcription of Obituary In the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Arthur Wood

IT is with deep sorrow that we make this record of the death of Bro. Edward Jackson, of Cambridge First Circuit. He had been a member of our Church for forty-three years. His parents were among the earliest converts to the Gospel Primitive Methodism made in Cambridge. They lived and died true and staunch to the Church of their choice. Their religious life made an indelible impression on the heart and character of their son. He was converted, through the instrumentality of his brother, when he was twenty years of age. Almost every position of service and honour, which it was possible for him to fill on the Circuit, was at some time filled by him. To those who knew him abroad, his life appeared to be one steady, even, persistent trend of goodness. He was not changeable in temper and demeanour. You could depend upon his kindly goodness. His religion was an indoor religion as well. Our brother believed in worship and prayer, and the practice of Christliness in his own home. Regular communion with the Eternal, Bro. Jackson himself said, was the secret of the regular, exemplary Christian life he was enabled to live. In his illness there was much mystery, much pain, but no doubt, no rebellion, no murmur. There was hope, there was patience, there was endurance and resignation. “A peace passing understanding garrisoned his heart.” There was faith – God was real. Jesus Christ was his Saviour. Death, which came at last, was but the door into His Father’s house. The valley of death was filled with light. He died on June 5th, 1900, and was buried on June 8th, the Revs. A.T. Wardle, W.M. Batterbee, W. Clulow, and A. Wood taking part in the service. His funeral sermon was preached in St. Peter’s Street Chapel on Sunday night, June 24th, by the writer. We pray for those he has left the comfort and strength of the Lord in their hour of sorrow and bereavement.


Edward was born on 24 March 1837 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, to parents Edward Jackson, a tailor, and Ann Redman. He was baptised on 18 April 1837 at the St Peter’s Street PM chapel by Rev. James Lucas.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Edward.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 labourer
  • 1871 iron moulder
  • 1881 iron moulder
  • 1891 iron founder

Edward married Louisa Brothers (abt1836-1918) in late 1861 at Cambridge. Census returns do not identify any children.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/392

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

View the article Primitive Methodism in Cambridge to see a picture of St Peter’s Street PM Chapel.


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