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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