Bonser, James (b abt1797)

James was from Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire. There is a baptism record for a James Bonser in 1797 at Kinoulton; parents John and Ann.

He was converted around the same time as John Garner. Kendall records that John and James provided protection for Thomas Jackson in a time of persecution at Kinoulton. James was put on the plan as a local preacher in Feb-May 1918 and entered the ministry in 1825.

James was imprisoned on three occasions for preaching in the open-air. Petty records one of these occasions at Wolverhampton.

James retired from the ministry in 1825.

I have attached extracts from his journal published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1822.


  • 1821 Darlaston
  • 1823 Tunstall
  • 1825 ceased


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1822/189

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p242, p518

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p117

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

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