Ash, Frederick (1849-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

Frederick was born in 1849 at Waterhouses, Staffordshire to parents William and Mary. William was a police officer.

Frederick was converted in Buslem in 1866 through the ministry of his Sunday School Superintendent, Thomas Mottram. Twenty months later he was placed on the Tunstall plan as an exhorter, and in the following year recommended for the ministry.


Frederick had a strong, lithe form, a presence in the pulpit. His voice kept company with his wiry physique, and could endure a prolonged strain, a voice that was always easily equal to the largest sanctuaries and very pleasant to hear, while in open-air work he was ever at his best. First and foremost, Frederick was a Methodist Evangelist. He ever sought for fruit and had the joy of witnessing large and continuous revivals.

His obituary records that he was tactful in dealing with men, careful in administration, and diligent in pastoral work; a faithful preacher, loyal colleague, and true friend.


Frederick married Mary Alice Fenby (1848-1898) in the spring of 1875 at Scarborough, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Jeanetta Mary (1876-1931)
  • William McDowall (b1879) – a fish, game and poultry dealer (1911)

Frederick married Edith Sarah Archer, nee Delf (b1862) in the summer of 1904 at Rotherham, Yorkshire.

Frederick died on 2 January 1933 at Scarborough, Yorkshire.


  • 1870 Portsmouth
  • 1871 Hull III
  • 1872 Hull II
  • 1874 Hull IV
  • 1878 Grimsby I
  • 1880 Driffield
  • 1883 Middlesborough
  • 1884 Hornsea
  • 1887 Hull I
  • 1891 Grimsby II
  • 1894 Scarborough
  • 1898 Hull III
  • 1899 Scarborough
  • 1904 Rotherham
  • 1909 Hornsea
  • 1913 Rotherham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/255

Methodist Minutes 1933/248

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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