Mottram, Henry (1832-1913)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Mr. Henry Mottram, senior Circuit Steward, of Leek Circuit, is a native of the village of Waterhouses, Staffordshire, and belongs to a family who have done much to establish Primitive Methodism in that part of the country. His brother William did much in his early days for our Church, and another brother is at the present time a respected local preacher on Cheadle Circuit.

Mr. Mottram has been a member of our Connexion nearly half a century, and has held the office of Steward for about twenty-five years. To our church at Leek he has been most loyal. When the Society has been low, and some have lost heart and have left to join more flourishing societies, he has remained true, and by his regular attendance and liberal gifts, has helped to save the cause. Just now our church is sharing great prosperity, and this gives to our brother exceptional joy. Our prayer is, that he may long be spared to us.

J. Aston

Family and other information

Henry was born in 1832 at Waterfall, Staffordshire, to parents Thomas and Frances Louisa. Thomas was a tailor and farmer. Henry was baptised on 16 December 1832 at Waterfall, Staffordshire.

His second wife’s obituary claims that Henry was a first cousin of George Eliot, the novelist.

Census returns give the following occupations for Henry.

  • 1851 tailor
  • 1861 tailor
  • 1871 master tailor and farmer
  • 1881 farmer and tailor
  • 1891 tailor and woollen draper
  • 1901 tailor and woollen draper
  • 1911 retired clothier

Henry married Hannah Shaw (1834-1871) in the summer of 1859 at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Henry (b1860)
  • John Tom (1863-1946) – a grocer (1913)
  • Hannah (1865-1950) – married George Oulton in 1913

Henry married Mary Sargeant (1838-1926) in early 1874 in the Cheadle Registration District, Staffordshire.

Henry died on 7 February 1913 at Leek, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/868; 1927/738

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Please note that H.B. Kendall on page 538 of Vol 1 of the ‘History of the Primitive Methodist Church’, states that Mr. Thomas Mottram of Waterhouses (assumed as the father of Henry above) was the grandson of Seth and Elizabeth Evans, alias Seth and Dinah Bede, and so he was a half cousin to the novelist George Eliot.

    By Rev. David Leese (21/02/2019)

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