Moody, James (1824-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.P.M.

James Moody, of Filey, responded to the Master’s call on March, 29th, 1916. He had reached the great age of ninety-one years. He was quite active and alert within a few days of his decease.

From the first his life was an unprivileged life, yet out of the poverty of his chances he won the wealth of success. In earlier life he lived at Speeton, worshipping regularly at Reighton, a mile and a half distant, and walking many miles on most Sundays to take preaching appointments at places in the Filey and Bridlington Circuits. Later he lived in Filey, became a-class leader, and gave time and strength without stint to the service of the Church. 

He counted it a privilege to labour for Christ. His sturdy, self-reliant character won respect from all. His generosity was a marked characteristic. He served his generation faithfully, and has heard the “Well done!” of the Lord he trusted and loved. Our Church owes an unspeakable debt to men of his type. His memory is blessed.


James was born in 1824 at Speeton, Yorkshire, to parents John Moody, who worked the land (1841), and Mary Haxby. He was baptised on 3 October 1824 at Bridlington, Yorkshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1841 farm servant
  • 1851 farm labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 farm labourer
  • 1891 farm labourer
  • 1901 general labourer
  • 1911 agricultural labourer

He married Ann Knaggs (1836-1894) on 20 January 1857 at Christ Church Bridlington, Yorkshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Robert (1857-1944) – bricklayer’s labourer (1901)
  • George (1859-1941) – teamster for woolcomber (1901)
  • John Knaggs (1861-1931) – a general labourer (1901)
  • Richard (1863-1957) – a general carrier (1911)
  • Mary Jane (1865-1925) – a general domestic servant (1891); married Percy Cook, a confectioner (1911), in 1906
  • Thomas (1868-1932) – a farm labourer (1891); shepherd (1911)
  • William (1870-1957) – electric motor car (tram) driver (1911)
  • James (1873-1956) – a railway porter (1911); freight guard (1921)

James died on 29 March 1916 at Filey, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/931

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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