An obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William R Widdowson is attached.
James was converted aged 15 whilst living in the Hexham circuit with his family. On removing to Penrith, he became a backslider, but on returning to his parents home in Maryport in 1863 he realised the assurance that God had healed his backslidings, being filled with joy and peace through the Holy Ghost.
He went on to become a local preacher and then in 1866 an itinerant preacher. he was stationed at Penrith in his first year and then was sent to Barrow in Furness. He was only able to preach there on two Sundays before illness, pulmonary consumption, intervened.
James was born on 24 September 1845 at Penrith, Cumberland, to parents Adam Dodds, a PM Minister, and Ruth Wright.
At the time of the 1861 census, James was a linen draper in Hexham, Northumberland.
James died on 17 June 1867 at Maryport, Cumberland.
- 1866 Penrith
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868/353
PM Minutes 1868/5
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers