Prescott, James (1847-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.F.C.

James Prescott passed to his reward on December 29th, 1915, in his sixty-ninth year, and the Edge Green Church in Lowton Circuit is the poorer. His striking personality, good humour, sane and honest counsel, unstinted service and godly example are much missed. Youths, maidens and little children found in him a loving friend and helper. A record of fifty years’ devoted service in the Sunday school stands to his credit, to which a diploma of honour from our Sunday School Union bears witness. He was a thorough-going Primitive Methodist. As local preacher, trustee, Band of Hope president, and teacher of the young men’s class his activities abounded. 

The funeral took place at Golborne, conducted by Rev. W. F. Clulow. His widow and family, all closely associated with our Church, mourn his loss, and to these we extend our sincere sympathy.


James was born in early 1847 at Golborne, Lancashire, to parents John Prescott, a coal miner (1861), and Elizabeth Kenyon.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1861 labourer in coal mine
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 fireman in coal mine
  • 1891 underlooker in a coal mine
  • 1901 colliery under-manager
  • 1911 farmer

He married Mary Critchley (1847-1919) on 1 July 1870 at St Thomas, Golborne, Lancashire. Census returns identify ten of eleven children.

  • Thomas Ewart (1871-1927) – coal miner timber man (below ground) (1911)
  • Elizabeth (1873-1902)
  • Lois (1875-1940) – married Thomas Boydell, a farmer (1911), in 1901
  • Eber (1877-1954) – a railway signalman (1911)
  • Mary (1881-1955) – married John William Boydell, a farm labourer (1911), in 1910
  • Wilfred (abt1883-1965) – a platelayer (1921)
  • John Robert (1885-1950) – farmer’s son working on farm (1911); coal screener above ground (1921)
  • Margaret (b1887) – a sewing machinist (1911); machinist window blinds & Curtains (1921); upholstress (1939)
  • Agnes (1889-1972) – winder at cotton mill (1911); married John Green, a farm horseman (1939), in 1934
  • Emma (1892-1976) – packer at cotton mill (1911); married James Henry Monks, a farm labourer (1921), in 1921

James died on 29 December 1915 at Golborne, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/415

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