Alderson, John Arthur (1867-1924)
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