Dickinson, James (1866-1949)
After he had been at Southport for three years, Sir Charles Scarisbrick, a major landowner in Southport and Banks, requested that James accompany his son on a journey to Australia, New Zealand and India.
During his second term at Southport he superintended the five building schemes.
James was never carried away with a passion for Connexional officialism. His one aim was to be a good circuit minister. He was a powerful preacher, a faithful pastor and a wise administrator.
In retirement, James was a councillor at Broughton, nr Preston.
James married Emma Laura Wood (1870-1950) in the spring of 1894 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. Emma was a daughter of Dr Joseph Wood. (link) Census returns identify five children.
- Laura Marie (b1895)
- James Wood (b1897)
- John Leonard (1898-1955)
- Ronald (1901-1972)
- Catherine Henrietta (1904-1977) – married Fraser Macintosh Rose in 1940
James died on 24 March 1949 at Preston, Lancashire.
- 1890 Southport I
- 1895 Bridlington
- 1898 Wakefield I
- 1900 Southport III
- 1904 Chester I
- 1908 Torquay
- 1912 Stalybridge
- 1918 Woodley
- 1923 Preston II
- 1926 Wrockwardinewood
- 1930 Leicester IV
- 1932 Leicester (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/412
Methodist Minutes 1949/142
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers