Bootland, James (1819-1896)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869

Early Life

James was born on 29 May 1819 at Tadcaster, Yorkshire. He was converted in 1831 along with a brother and sister. They held prayer meetings together, established family worship and eventually their parents were converted. James became a local preacher at the age of 15.


James health completely broke down in November 1879 at Leeds. For a period of almost ten months he was completely laid aside and forced to seek perfect quiet. He retired to Silsden where he did good work in the church but was unable to preach again.

His obituary records that James was full of hopefulness and joy; there was a light in his countenance, and inspiration in his words; so that he was always sure of a hearty welcome in the homes of those who knew him, and commonly left behind him influences fitted to help them in the affairs of their daily life.


James married Mary Rhodes (1816-1883) in the spring of 1851 at Bradford, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • William Rhodes (1852-1942) – a cotton manufacturer; at one stage in partnership with W P Hartley.
  • Mary Laura (1857-1945) – married John Lund, a butcher

James died on 24 April 1896 at Farley, nr Leigh, Lancashire and was buried at Silsden with his wife.


  • 1841 Hull
  • 1842 Patrington
  • 1843 Driffield
  • 1844 Pontefract
  • 1846 Leeds
  • 1848 Burnley
  • 1849 Bradford
  • 1851 Thirsk
  • 1853 Ripon
  • 1855 Huddersfield
  • 1857 Dewsbury
  • 1859 Pontefract
  • 1861 Malton
  • 1863 Ripon
  • 1865 Pateley Bridge
  • 1868 Otley
  • 1871 Silsden
  • 1873 Pickering
  • 1877 Leeds lV
  • 1880 Silsden (S)
  • 1894 Halifax lll


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869/449 (portrait); 1897/146

PM Minutes 1896/9

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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