Brown, Oswald Edward (1881-1972)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

OSWALD EDWARD BROWN: born at Monkwearmouth, County Durham, in 1881. After leaving school he worked in a shipping office in Sunderland. He was accepted for the Primitive Methodist ministry and at the turn of the century went to Hartley College and studied under Dr. A.S. Peake. Four of his brothers were ministers. He studied to be gracious, and in writing and speech he was meticulous. For 44 years he was in the full work of the ministry serving in Dalton & Millom, Malton, Lowestoft, Clay Cross, Derby, Bath, Pontypool, Brierley Hill, Oswestry (Church St.), Chesterfield (Saltergate) and Belper. 

He was loved by his people, a great visitor, well read and a forceful preacher, who after careful preparation preached without notes. As a superintendent, when faced with a difficult situation, he could be firm and yet gentle. A Liberal in politics he was always interested in current affairs. He was so devoted to his work that he had no hobbies, and after the death of his wife, he was never quite the same again. They went to live in Crowthorne in 1950, where he died on 21st November, 1972 in the ninety-second year of his age and the sixty-ninth year of his ministry.


Oswald was born 12 February 1881 at Monkwearmouth, Co. Durham, to parents William, a shipwright, and Caroline.

He married Jessie Eva Wiggins (1877-1964) in the summer of 1908 at Middleton, Lancashire. Records identify one child.

  • William F (b1909)

Oswald died on 21 November 1972 at Crowthorne, Berkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1904 Dalton & Millom
  • 1906 Malton
  • 1908 Lowestoft
  • 1911 Clay Cross
  • 1916 Derby IV
  • 1921 Bath
  • 1924 Pontypool
  • 1928 Brierley Hill
  • 1937 Oswestry Chapel St
  • 1940 Chesterfield Salter
  • 1944 Belper
  • 1948 Derby (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1973/135

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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