Calvert, Jonathan (1833-1908)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883

Jonathan was born on 28 February 1833 at Acomb, Yorkshire to parents Jonathan and Dorothy. Jonathan senior worked the land.

The 1851 census records that Jonathan worked the land before entering the ministry.

Ministry

Jonathan’s obituary records that he had no aloofness about him – he was remarkably approachable – you no sooner came into his presence than you felt at home with him at once.

Jonathan was particularly successful in leadership of the Warrington and Widnes circuit through a critical period.

He was always diligent in his circuit work, earnest and faithful in his preaching, careful and correct in all circuit matters, and friendly with all who came into contact with him.

Family

Jonathan married Elizabeth Rumfitt (1827-1900) in the summer of 1859 at York. Census returns identify five children.

  • William Jonathan (1861-1924) – a draper; emigrated to America
  • Albert Ellis (1863-1948) – a draper
  • Claudia Rumfitt (1865-1931) – married Walter Dale, a chemist’s manager (1901)
  • Ann Elizabeth (1867-1942) – married John Griffiths, a draper
  • Tom Henry (1868-1955) – a lawyer; emigrated to America in 1890

After superannuation, Jonathan crossed the Atlantic several times to visit his eldest son. Whilst in America he re-married.

Jonathan died on 30 September 1908 at Norfolk, Virginia from pneumonia following an operation. He was buried at Pittsboro, North Carolina alongside his first wife, Elizabeth.

Circuits

  • 1855 Donaghmore & Portadown
  • 1857 Maidstine & Ashford
  • 1858 Chatham
  • 1859 Dover & Deal
  • 1860 Buckden & St Neots
  • 1861 Alderney
  • 1862 Halifax
  • 1864 Thirsk
  • 1866 Helmsley
  • 1868 Horbury
  • 1869 Malton
  • 1871 Leeds lll
  • 1872 Leeds V
  • 1873 Middleham
  • 1876 Ripon
  • 1879 Wrexham
  • 1881 Chester ll
  • 1884 Warrington
  • 1887 Manchester l
  • 1889 Warrington (S)
  • 1892 Southport ll
  • 1900 Nantwich
  • 1906 Warrington

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883 (portrait); 1901/787 (Elizabeth)

PM Minutes 1909/641

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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