Alderson, John Arthur (1867-1924)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

John was born on 26 August 1867 at Keighley, Yorkshire.

The 1881 census identifies that John worked as a clerk before entering the ministry.


John first became a superintendent at Rothwell, a new circuit formed out of Hunslet. He soon made the church a greater force than it had ever been. He built a manse, was elected a member of the education authority, and served the public in many ways.

At Ebenezer Church, Hull he installed a beautiful organ. In three years at Hoyland John built a chapel at Broomhill and installed two organs.

During the war, when it was difficult to secure a home for the Conference, John volunteered to entertain the Assembly for the whole term with the full complement of delegates.

John was twice imprisoned as a Passive Resister.

John reported on 20 PM Conferences for the ‘Leader’.


John married Laura Crick (1861-1891) in the summer of 1887 at Bressingham, Norfolk.

John married Jane Maria Towse (1873-1958) in late 1894 at Filey, Yorkshire. Records identify five of six children.

  • Emilie Burleigh T (1897-1979) – married Arthur A Snow in 1925
  • Norman Samuel (1899-1971)
  • Kathleen Marie (1904-2004) – married Arthur Reginald Cowell, a commercial clerk, in 1932
  • Muriel Daisy (1913-1979) – married Wilfred Slack in 1938; married Ronald W Wooster in 1963
  • Arthur Ansco (1916-2006)

John died on 11 September 1924 at Kilburn, Middlesex.


  • 1890 Filey
  • 1892 Andover
  • 1894 Brigg
  • 1897 Leeds IV
  • 1898 Rothwell
  • 1901 Hull I
  • 1905 Hoyland
  • 1908 Wigan
  • 1912 Reading
  • 1919 Kilburn


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/518; 1919/668; 1925/213

PM Minutes 1925/245

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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