Coulbeck, Charles Thomas (1837-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894
Bridget Wray, Rev CT Coulbeck's wife gravestone 1867: Hull General Cemetery
Christopher Hill September 2020

Early years

Charles was born on 8 November 1837 at Hull, Yorkshire.

Charles was an apprentice tailor in 1851 at North Thoresby, Yorkshire.

He was converted at a village camp meeting that attracted him whilst he was passing. Although Charles had no early education, he developed himself to have an understanding of French, Greek and Latin.


Charles served as District Chairman and Secretary on several occasions. He attended conference on three occasions. He was Secretary of the District Sunday School Committee and Secretary of the Northern Examining Committee of Candidates for the Ministry.

As a preacher, Charles possessed considerable pulpit power, was natural in style, somewhat measured, but forceful in expression, and his appeals to intellect and conscience were seldom in vain.

Charles had a strong interest in education and served on the School Boards at Darlington and Hartlepool.


Charles authored the following.

Our home is heaven, 1870

He co-authored ‘Christian Husbandry’ and ‘Flowers of the Field’ with Mr Heslop of Darlington.


Charles married Adelaide Wright (1841-1875) early in 1868 at Hull. Census returns identify three children.

  • Clara Willis (b1869) – married John James Johnston, an insurance agent (1901)
  • Charles Ernest (1870-1871)
  • Edgar Leonard (b1873) – a photographer (1901); travelled to New Zealand in 1910

Charles married Ann Harrison (1841-1909) in the spring of 1877 at Hornsea.

Charles married Frances E Pattison (b abt 1881) in the summer of 1911.

Charles died on 3 June 1919 at Darlington, Co Durham.


  • 1861 Louth
  • 1862 Alford
  • 1863 Scarborough
  • 1865 Hull I
  • 1868 Bridlington
  • 1870 Swinefleet
  • 1873 Goole
  • 1875 Hornsea
  • 1878 Retford
  • 1884 Darlington
  • 1888 Hartlepool
  • 1893 Winchester
  • 1894 Southampton II
  • 1896 Dalton & Millom
  • 1898 Darlington (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894/483

PM Minutes 1919/254

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • It seems that Rev Coulbeck had another wife before he married Adelaide in 1868. Hull General Cemetery Prim Corner contains a headstone for his first wife, Bridget Wray, who died in May 1867 aged just 25 and their 1 year old daughter, Emily Jane who died in June 1867.

    I’ve added the picture of the gravestone.

    By Christopher Hill (19/09/2020)

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