Cousin, Isaac (1876-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928

Early years

Isaac was born in 1876 at Nenthead, Cumberland, to parents Isaac and Sarah. His eldest brother, John, was a Congregational Minister. Isaac, senior, was a lead miner and farmer.

Isaac gave himself to Christ in 1894, along with sixty others, two of whom became ministers and twelve local preachers. Isaac entered Hartley College in 1899.

Isaac worked as a lead miner before entering the ministry.


Isaac served the Shrewsbury District as Temperance Secretary.

Isaac was fond of games and occasionally umpired cricket matches. Music delighted him, and several of his compositions appeared in the Christian Messenger.

Isaac’s obituary records that he was energetic and tireless, diligent and faithful in fulfilling the duties of a Methodist minister.  Becoming a supernumerary in 1931, Isaac later took charge of two small Congregational churches in Essex villages, in the service of which he spent the last two years of his life. He was much respected as a pastor by the people amongst who he lived and ministered.


Isaac married Florence Mabel Evans (1881-1966) in late 1905 at Hereford, Herefordshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Horace Leslie (1906-1962) – 2nd wireless officer on SS Andania (1937)
  • Ada Madeline (1908-1940)

Isaac died on 10 February 1940 at Southend on Sea, Essex.


  • Hartley
  • 1901 Bolton
  • 1903 Horncastle
  • 1905 Hadnall
  • 1908 Pickering
  • 1910 Morecambe
  • 1912 Leamington Spa
  • 1914 Woodfalls
  • 1916 Mirfield
  • 1918 Stowmarket
  • 1919 Craven Arms
  • 1922 Wirksworth
  • 1924 Cwm
  • 1926 Coleford
  • 1928 Briston
  • 1931 Superann


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928/498

Methodist Minutes 1940/177

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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