Barrett, Wilson (1841-1913)
Wilson was born on 1 July 1841 at Low Moor, nr Clitheroe, Lancashire to parents John Barrett and Ann Smith. John worked as a cotton spinner.
In 1845 the family moved to Grimshaw Park, Blackburn. At the age of 8, Wilson was sent out to work in the cotton mill as a ‘half timer’; half his time working, half his time in school. When 13, He moved with his parents to Clayton-le-Moors. There he worked full-time as a mill operative. Wilson continued his education at night school and, when aged 15, he joined the Mechanics Institute at Clayton-le-Moors.
Although he attended the Wesleyan Sunday School as a boy, Wilson was converted through the preaching of James MacPherson. He joined the Primitive Methodists at Clayton-le-Moors and was soon a useful Sunday School teacher.
During his ministry, Wilson superintended the erection of seven new chapels and one set of schoolrooms. After he superannuated in 1907, he served several circuits in ‘special capacity’, finally retiring in July 1913.
He was a man of liberal and independent opinions, and held somewhat closely to the orthodox faith, although not binding himself to outworn expressions of that faith. His preaching was searching, pointed and scriptural.
He was almost ideal as a pastor. Though seemingly brusque in manner, yet beneath there was a tenderness and sympathy, deep and real.
Wilson married Christiana Rushton (1841-1908) on 12 July 1866 at Blackburn 1866. Census returns identify five children.
- Albert (b1867) – a Congregational Minister
- John Henry (1870-1926) – a colliery contractor
- Wilson (b1879)
- Gertrude (b1881)
- Lily (1881-1882)
Wilson died on 10 December 1913 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
- 1862 Winster
- 1863 Lincoln
- 1864 Ashby de la Zouch
- 1866 Clay Cross
- 1868 Newark
- 1870 Donington
- 1873 Leicester I
- 1874 Leicester III
- 1877 Clay Cross
- 1881 Sheffield IV
- 1884 Chorley
- 1889 Bury
- 1892 Bolton I
- 1895 Sheffield VII
- 1898 Knowlwood
- 1901 Buckley
- 1904 Sutton & Kirby
- 1907 Chesterfield (S)
- 1908 Todmorden
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1896/643; 1908/827 (wife); 1914/237
PM Minutes 1914/15
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers