Badminton, James (1854-1924)
James was born on 12 December 1854 at Chippenham, Wiltshire, to parents Nathan and Mary. The family moved to Malmesbury, Wiltshire, when James was quite young. Nathan was a grocer and a local preacher. Nathan also served as circuit steward at Malmesbury. Younger brother, Albert William, was also a PM Minister, until he died in 1891 from typhoid fever.
James became a disciple of Jesus when aged eight.
The 1871 census describes James as a boot maker.
As a preacher James offered his congregations the fruit of much labour of both head and heart. His sermons were evangelical and expository, thoughtful and practical; he aimed to convince, convert, and comfort.
In the management of circuit business, James was attentive, judicial and thorough. He was a diligent pastor who knew his people.
James married Elizabeth Burrell (1860-1924) on 7 July 1884 at Belper, Derbyshire. Census returns identify five children.
- Nathan William (1885-1962) – a railway clerk (1911); a stationer (1924)
- Albert Spencer Burrell (1886-1967) – a schoolmaster
- Elsie Elizabeth (1889-1968)
- Alice Adeline (1891-1980) – a school teacher (1911)
- Lily May (1896-1977)
James died on 3 December 1924 at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Elizabeth died four weeks after James.
- 1880 Boston
- 1882 Belper
- 1884 Andover
- 1885 Brinkworth
- 1888 Salisbury
- 1890 Mansfield
- 1893 Belper
- 1897 Radstock
- 1899 Sheffield III
- 1902 Ilkeston
- 1905 Mansfield
- 1908 Manchester I
- 1910 Rotherham
- 1914 Hemsworth
- 1917 Doncaster
- 1918 Macclesfield
- 1919 Oakham
- 1920 Mansfield (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/508; 1926/68
PM Minutes 1925/246
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers