Dobson, James (1851-1925)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

James was born in 1851 at Hinton Waldrist, Berkshire to parents William and Ann. William was shepherd.

Following his conversion, James joined the Longworth Church in the Faringdon circuit. Before entering the ministry, James worked as a gardener.


His obituary records that although James was a capable administrator and a faithful pastor, he was essentially a preacher, and those gifts of exposition, which he manifested in the Berkshire villages associated with his early life, were progressively developed as he laboured in the ministry.

James served as district secretary in various departments, and on four occasions was elected a delegate to Conference.

After superannuation, James became President’s assistant, and he assisted in the Whitechapel Mission.


James married Eliza Gant (1851-1928) in the summer of 1880 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

James died on 11 March 1925 at West Ealing, Middlesex.


  • 1874 Glastonbury
  • 1877 Tunbridge Wells
  • 1880 Horsham
  • 1883 Nottingham I
  • 1887 Matlock
  • 1892 Goole
  • 1897 Leeds I
  • 1901 Swindon
  • 1903 Stoke Newington
  • 1906 Grimsby III
  • 1909 W Ealing
  • 1916 W Ealing (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/381; 1925/806

PM Minutes 1925/251

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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