Merry, Amos ( 1856-1939)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Having served the Church with great acceptance in almost every office open to him, Mr. Amos Merry’s greatest service has been rendered during the tree years in which he has been circuit steward. He entered office with distinct advantages in the form of a comprehensive business training, an intimate knowledge of procedure, a varied acquaintance with Primitive Methodism in other Circuits and a sense of proportion likely to save him from ill-balanced conceptions of his own office or of the work of the Church. These have born fruit in a sagacious leadership which has the loyal support of the official life of his circuit.
The characteristics of the man, which all associated with him can never forget, are his fearlessness and fairness. These, along with other qualities of the heart and head combine to make him the treasured friend of honest men. May his leaf never wither!
Family and other information
Amos was born in 1856 at Belper, Derbyshire, to parents John and Thirza. John was a tailor.
Amos worked as a tailor for most of his life. The 1911 census return describes him as a relieving officer.
Amos married Mary Ellen Rodgers (abt1863-1929) in the spring of 1881 in the Chesterfield Registration District. Census returns identify five children.
- John Henry (1882-1969) – a civil servant (1911)
- Amos Harold (1885-1953) – a grocer (1911)
- Frances May (1887-1964) – an assistant teacher (1911); married Phillip Bainbridge, a clerk, in 1915
- Nellie (1889-1973)
- Thomas Alfred (1894-1960) – a schoolteacher
Amos died on 11 February 1939 at South Normanton, Derbyshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/366
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