Antliff, James Cooper M.A., B.D., D.D. (1844-1920)

J.C. Antliff - from J.E. Sanderson, "The First Century of Methodism in Canada", vol 2 facing p306
Supplied by Randle Knight


James was born on 1 February 1844 at Huddersfield, Yorkshire, to parents William Antliff, a PM Minister, and Barbara Cooper. He was baptised on 21 April 1844.

The 1861 census describes James as a pupil teacher. He was President of the Canada Conference in 1883, and retired in 1911.

James married Fanny Holden (abt1846-1880) in 1866 at Keddleston Street PM Chapel, Derby. Census and birth records returns identify four children.

  • John Holden (1867-1904)
  • William (1869-1942) – agent for rubber company (1901)
  • Marion Evelyn (1871-1897) – married Charles Cushing Holland in 1892
  • James Cooper (1880-1880)

He married Jane Elizabeth Gooderham, nee Ray (b1840), on 2 May 1882 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada

James died on 25 December 1920. He was buried at Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada.


James authored the following.

Christian mysticism: a lecture delivered before the Theological Union of the Hamilton Conference, June 4th, 1907.

Centennial of Canadian Methodism – Historical Sketch of the Primitive Methodist Church in Canada, 1891.


  • 1862 Belper
  • 1863 Derby
  • 1866 Arnold
  • 1867 Nottingham II
  • 1868 Grantham
  • 1870 Edinburgh
  • 1874 Sheffield I
  • 1875 Sheffield II
  • 1877 Derby I
  • 1878 Toronto (Canada)
  • 1880 Editor


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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