Sissons, Isaac (abt1838-1922)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Isaac Sissons is the son of a farm labourer of Leaconfield, near Beverley. In his parents’ humble home the Wesleyans held services for fifty years. He was converted in 1860, at the age of twenty-two, in a thatched cottage at Water.
Coming to Leeds in 1868, he, with others, missioned Woodhouse Carr and founded the Meanwood Road Society. Treasurer for the Trustees for thirty-six years, he now rejoices that no successor will have to bear the burdens that he has borne. A successful Sunday School teacher and local preacher for nearly fifty years he uses chiefly two books – his experience and his Bible.
Humble and childlike in spirit, communion with God is very real, holy and a delightful privilege.
When the Leeds Ninth Circuit was made in 1907 he was unanimously urged to accept the honour of circuit stewardship. Few men have the confidence and love of their brethren so fully as he. We love him as a father and think of him first and last as a ”good man.”
Family and other information
Isaac was born abt 1838 at Leaconfield, Yorkshire, to parents William and Elizabeth. William worked the land.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Isaac.
- 1851 farm labourer
- 1861 carter
- 1871 grocer and provisions dealer
- 1881 butter factor
- 1891 butter factor
- 1901 butter factor
- 1911 butter factor
His obituary records that his was a striking and well known figure. Tall – rather frail in appearance – he had no ungraceful curve in his body. His long, flowing beard gave to him the likeness to a Patriarch.
Isaac married Ann Elizabeth Stephenson (abt1838-1893) on 23 November 1867 at Warter, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven of eight children.
- Ann Elizabeth (abt1869-1955) – married George Garbutt, a tailor
- Mary (b1870) – a clerk (1891)
- John Stephenson (1873-1891)
- Elizabeth (b1874) – married Josiah Richards in 1906; emigrated to Canada
- Ada (1875-1933)
- William George (abt1877-1894)
- Mabel (b abt1879) – married William Bottom in 1906 in Ontario, Canada
Isaac died on 21 December 1922 at Leeds, Yorkshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/366; 1923/442
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers