Annison, James (1880-1961)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Ely, Cambs., in 1880. He entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry after being trained at Hartley College, in 1905.

He served in the following circuits : Luton, Chesterfield, Morley, Great Yarmouth, Northampton, Fakenham, Wisbech, Hull, Castleford, Gateshead, Bridlington and Beverley.

Ill health led to superannuation in 1946, but he recovered sufficiently to resume the full ministry in 1948. retiring permanently in 1950 after forty-three years of active service.

He was a keen reader, a fine preacher, an able administrator, a wise counsellor to his junior colleagues, and a most friendly, lovable man, with a gift of humour, which enabled him to triumph over many difficulties. He had a way of winning over opposition, smoothing out awkward situations and gaining friends.

His passion for preaching remained undiminished to the end.

He died on 2 October 1961, at Beverley, in the eighty-first year of his age and the fifty-sixth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962


James was born on 27 May 1880 at Ely, Cambridgeshire to parents Robert Annison, a baker (1861) and Mary Ann Chapman.

Prior to entering the ministry James worked as a grocer’s assistant.

James married Florence Maud Emma Frankland (1882-1965) in the spring of 1909 in the Ipswich Registration District. Florence was adopted by her step father and was married with surname Barker. Birth records identify two children.

  • Philip James (1911-1974) – a pharmacist (1965)
  • Gwendoline Mary (1918-2006) – married Geoffrey Milton Limbert in 1940

Died on 2 October 1961 at Beverley, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1905 Chesterfield I
  • 1907 Luton I
  • 1910 Morley
  • 1912 Yarmouth
  • 1916 Northampton I
  • 1919 Fakenham
  • 1922 Wisbech
  • 1927 Hull VII
  • 1932 Castleford
  • 1935 Gateshead E
  • 1940 Bridlington St J
  • 1946 Bridlington St J (S)
  • 1948 Beverley (Ac)
  • 1950 Beverley (S)


Methodist Minutes1962/193

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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