Briggs, Abel Hall (1890-1955)


Abel was born in the summer of 1890 at Barnsley, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas/William Briggs, an iron foundry worker, and Emily Hall.

Before entering the ministry, Abel was a teacher.

He was married to May (b abt1889). Records identify three children.

  • Ronald (1921-1944) – died in WW2
  • A son b abt1925
  • A daughter b1927

The family emigrated to South Africa, where Abel continued to be a minister, leaving on 4 July 1931 on the Winchester Castle.

Abel died in Capetown, South Africa in 1955.


  • 1914 Stanley
  • 1915 Manchester I
  • 1916 Aliwal N
  • 1929 Westgate
  • 1931 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Abel’s father is called Thomas or William in the census returns.

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