Potter, Foord (1832-1914)

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

Our late venerable brother, Foord Potter, was born at Woolah Farm, in the parish of Fadmoor, Kirbymoorside. He married and came to a farm at Fadmoor in 1857, where he continued to reside for the rest of his life. He died on December 26th, 1914, at the age of eighty-two years. He thus spent the whole of his long life in one small parish. 

Such a life might seem uneventful, but it was full of earnest, consistent Christian service and gracious influence. Converted in 1859, he entered upon a life of varied service in the Church, as local preacher, class leader, Sunday school teacher, chapel trustee and society and circuit steward. For a long series of years he provided a home for the ministers and local preachers, to whom he and his kindly partner ever gave a genial and hearty welcome.

Our brother stood as a worthy example of hundreds who throughout our Church maintain the cause of Primitive Methodism at the cost of much labour and sacrifice. His character was above reproach, and the respect in which he was held was evidenced by the large number of all classes who attended his funeral. He was laid to rest in Gillamoor churchyard, the funeral service being conducted by the writer and Rev. R.A. Buckley. A memorial service was conducted by his friend and fellow labourer, Mr. S.H. Richardson, of Kirbymoorside.


Foord was born in 1832 at Fadmoor, Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, to aperients John Potter, who worked the land (1841), and Tamar Wood. He was baptised on 11 August 1832 at Kyrbymoorside.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Foord.

  • 1841 no occupation
  • 1851 farmer’s son
  • 1861 farmer of 170 acres employing 3 labourers
  • 1871 farmer of 120 acres employing 1 man and 1 boy
  • 1881 farmer of 200 acres employing 3 labourers
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Hannah Baldwin (1832-1920) on 1 March 1856 at Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Mary (1857-1930) – married Isaac Norminton, deputy overman at ironstone mine (1911), in 1875
  • Annie (1859-1908) – married Thomas Baxter, a farmer (1901), in 1886
  • Elizabeth (1861-1935) – married Robert Bentley, a workhouse master (1901), in 1883
  • Hannah (1863-1893) – a dressmaker (1881)
  • Tamar (1865-1958) – married John William Davison, a farmer (1911), in 1895
  • Ellen (1867-1940) – married Fred Sunley, a carter (1911), in 1902
  • William Matthew (1869-1912) – a farmer (1911)
  • Lydia (1872-1958) – married William Sunley, a carter on farm (1901), in 1897

Foord died on 26 December 1914 at Fadmoor, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/920

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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