Brown, Frederick Henderson (1878-1956)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925

Early years

Frederick was born in 1878 at Sunderland, Co Durham, to parents William and Caroline. William worked as a shipwright. Brothers, Oswald Edward, Stanley Whitfield and William were also PM Ministers. Another brother became a Congregational Minister.

Frederick surrendered his life to the Lord when he was eleven years of age. At the age of thirteen, he received his first lessons in Greek from Thomas Greenfield. At fourteen Frederick was requested to prepare for the plan and at seventeen he became a hired local preacher.


Whilst at Dalton, Frederick spent seven days in Lancaster Castle as a Passive Resister.

His obituary records that Frederick was a man of peace, a quality that attracted people to him. They found in him a friend who would listen with patience and with understanding. His active ministry was marked not only by his gentle nature, but also by his great gifts of mind. He had a clear, alert, keen mind which made him both an arresting and a helpful preacher.


Frederick married Charlotte Mary Dykes (1878-1946) in the spring of 1907 in the Malmesbury Registration District, Wiltshire.

  • Cyril Dykes (1910-1985) – an engineer (1956)
  • Cedric Henderson (b1912) – a civil servant (1956)

Frederick died on 25 April 1956 at Heston, Middlesex.


  • 1897 Sheerness
  • 1898 Chipping Norton
  • 1900 Gloucester
  • 1901 Brinkworth
  • 1902 Dalton & Millom
  • 1906 Berwick
  • 1909 Bloxwich
  • 1914 Chesterfield III
  • 1920 Oswestry
  • 1926 Bloxwich
  • 1935 Penzance &c
  • 1938 Radstock
  • 1944 London Brent (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925.628

Methodist Minutes 1956/200

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of a Sketch published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.
Transcription of Obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

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