Dickenson, Miles (1824-1898)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1872

Early years

Miles was born on 15 July 1824 at Tarporley, Cheshire to parents Joseph Dickenson and Martha Lydiatt. He was baptised on 23 August 1824 at Tarporley.

Miles was converted aged about 13. Two or three years later he became an exhorter on the plan and was soon popular as the ‘boy preacher’.


The sudden death of his wife whilst Miles was at Skelmersdale affected him deeply and he was forced to seek early superannuation.

His obituary records that Miles was strongly connected to the Connexion. He loved its doctrines and polity. He had no sympathy with new-fangled notions, or new insights and new doctrines, especially in so far as they were not in harmony with what he believed to be the true Gospel of Christ.


Miles married Ann Amelia Harp (1826-1886) on 13 July 1849 at Little Budworth, Cheshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Alexander Harp (1850-1890) – apprenticed to a grocery and provision dealer in 1867
  • Louise Jane (1851-1933) – married William Fearnley, a draper
  • Joseph (1854-1879)
  • Silas (1855-1937) – a draper
  • Robert Henry (b1858) – a grocer in 1881

Miles died on 19 May 1898 at Southport, Lancashire.


  • 1844 New Mills
  • 1846 Haslingden
  • 1848 Preston Brook
  • 1849 Stalybridge
  • 1851 Liverpool
  • 1853 Chorley
  • 1855 Oldham
  • 1856 Ramsey
  • 1858 Northwich
  • 1859 Glossop
  • 1862 Bolton
  • 1865 Haslingden
  • 1869 Southport
  • 1872 Knowlwood
  • 1875 Middleton
  • 1878 Chester ll
  • 1881 Earlstown
  • 1883 Sklemersdale
  • 1886 St Helens (S)
  • 1889 Southport ll


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1872 (portrait); 1899/144

PM Minutes 1898/10

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for adding the correction re: Joseph Dickenson.I apologise as I forgot to say also that Joseph was a Railway Clerk.

    By Mrs Betty Dobson (13/09/2021)
  • Betty,
    Thanks for the correction. I have amended the page to record the correct year of Joseph’s death.

    By Geoff Dickinson (12/09/2021)
  • Joseph Dickenson -Miles &Martha Dickensons son
    states 1854-1867. Joseph was my Gt Gt Grandfather.
    Joseph m.Mary Ellen Ball at Knowlwood Primitive Methodist Todmorden 9.3.1875.
    There were 2 children Alexander b.1876 & Margaret Amelia(myGt Grandmother) b.5.2.1878.
    Joseph Dickenson died 28.6.1879 & I believe he is buried in Anfield Cemetery Liverpool.
    The marriage was recorded inThe Halifax Guardian & also Huddersfield & Bradford Advertiser.I believe they are accessible inThe Special Collections Dept. Leeds University.If there are any other details needed please contact me.

    By Mrs.Betty Dobson (12/09/2021)

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