Wilkes, James (1860-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Joseph Shenton

The passing of James Wilkes to the Homeland is a great loss to the Dudley Circuit, and to the Sedgley Society in particular. Converted in early manhood, he gave himself whole-heartedly to active service in the Church. Becoming a Sunday school teacher, for many years he held the office of superintendent. He was also class leader and local preacher, circuit steward for fifteen years, and trustee of several chapels. He gave liberally to the support of the churches, was greatly respected by the circuits in this district, and also by other churches which he was called to serve. 

He finished his earthly task at noontide. During the few days he was passing under the shadow he gave his testimony to the all-sufficient grace that brightens and cheers the soul when heart and flesh fail. He died March 27th, 1915, aged fifty-four years. An impressive service was conducted in our Sedgley Chapel on the day of the interment by Revs. R. Hall and W.H. Taylor, an old friend. His remains were laid in the adjoining burial ground.


James was born in the summer of 1860 at Sedgley, Staffordshire, to parents Josiah Wilkes, a nailer (1871) and Mary Jukes.

  • 1871 scholar
  • 1881 labourer
  • 1891 assurance agent
  • 1901 insurance agent
  • 1911 Prudential insurance agent

He married Elizabeth Sheldon (1863-1953) on 25 February 1883 at Coseley, Staffordshire. Census returns identify six of seven children.

  • Florence Elizabeth (1884-1957) – married William Porter, a publican (1911) and fish salesman (1939), in 1908
  • Mary Rebecca (1885-1979) – a retail shop keeper (drapery) (1939)
  • Elsie May (1888-1962) – a dressmaker (1911)
  • William James Hugh Bourne (1893-1963) – a postman (1921)
  • Lucy Evelyn (1897-1982) – married Sidney C Edwards, a skilled leather worker (1939), in 1919
  • Violet Irene (1901-1977) – a clerk (1921)

James died on 27 March 1915 at Sedgley, Staffordshire


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/919

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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