Calvin, James (1813-1881)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875

Early years

James was born on 8 October 1813 at Manchester, Lancashire to parents John and Jane. He was baptised on 22 October 1813 at Grosvenor St Chapel, Piccadilly, Manchester.

James gave his life to Christ at the age of 19. He united with the Primitive Methodists and soon became a local preacher. He moved to Ireland where he was both a class leader and local preacher before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that he was most diligent in the discharge of his pastoral duties and in his visiting of the sick would sometimes exceed what duty demanded of him – he often watched with afflicted members through the night.

His pulpit ministrations were always marked with earnestness. He attempted no fine-spun theories, but preached repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

James had a most pacific disposition. He would suffer wrong rather than quarrel with anyone; and if any matter of dispute arose in the Church, he would do all in his power to settle it.


James married Mary Ann Needham (1824-1896) in 1854 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Sarah Jane (1856-1934) – married Robert William Burgoyne Whiteway, a PM Minister

James died on 21 June 1881 at Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire.


  • 1844 Lisburn
  • 1847 Newtownards
  • 1848 Brentwood
  • 1849 London
  • 1851 Grimsby
  • 1853 Driffield
  • 1854 Scotter
  • 1855 Gainsborough
  • 1856 Scarborough
  • 1858 Barton on Humber
  • 1860 Louth
  • 1862 Belfast
  • 1863 Brigg
  • 1865 Alford
  • 1869 Selby
  • 1871 Mexborough
  • 1874 Epworth
  • 1877 Doncaster l
  • 1880 Barton on Humber


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875 (portrait); 1882/49

PM Minutes 1882/4

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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