Prosser, James Alfred (1858-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F.N. Shimmin

By the death of Mr. Prosser, February 26th, 1913, the Walkden Church, has lost a valuable worker. The son of the late Rev. James Prosser, and brother of the late Rev. D.S. Prosser, from his birth he was dedicated to the service of Christ and His Church. 

Glowing with zeal for every good work, his chief joy was found in serving the Church. This he did efficiently as society steward, trustee, Sunday School teacher and superintendent. He also represented his circuit on the District Committees. Aided by a good wife, who is a faithful class leader, he won all his children to the service of the church and school. 

The funeral service was conducted by Revs. F.N. Shimmin, G. Hunt, R.W. Ferguson, J.T. Taylor, and E.R. Davies. On Sunday, March 2nd, Rev. F.N. Shimmin conducted an impressive memorial service in our Walkden Church, illustrating and confirming the following resolution passed at the Circuit quarterly meeting: “We give thanks to God for granting him strength to serve the church efficiently for nearly thirty years. We shall ever remember him as a man distinguished for sincerity, unfailing courtesy, cultured intelligence, spirituality and moral integrity. We commend his widow, two sons and daughter to the God of all comfort.”


James was born in the spring of 1858 at Oswestry, Shropshire, to parents James Prosser, a PM minister, and Mary Hewitt.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1871 scholar
  • 1891 chemist & druggist
  • 1901 chemist & druggist
  • 1911 chemist & druggist

He married Martha Jane Mayer (1859-1927) in early 1884 in the Newcastle under Lyme Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Gladys Mayer (1888-1922) – a school teacher (1911); married William Rawlinson in 1915
  • John Alfred (1890-1950) – a stationer’s assistant (1911); a commercial traveller (1939)
  • Robert Mayer (1891-1973) – a chemist’s assistant (1911)

James died on 26 February at Walkden, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/833

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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