Charles was born in 1851 at Hinksey, Oxfordshire, to parents Charles Elford, a retired PM minister, and Priscilla Buckingham.
Before entering the ministry, Charles was a shoemaker.
He married Julia Mary Le Patournel (1856-1940) in Guernsley circa 1887. Census returns identify two children,
- Adele Lambert (1888-1966) – a district nurse (1939)
- Ellice Le Patournel (1888-1965) – an administrator (1939)
Charles died in late 1930 at Fareham, Hampshire.
- 1874 Deal
- 1875 Portsmouth
- 1876 disappears
- In 1881 he is a PM minister in Guernsey
- transfers to Congregational ministry
- Deal – dates unknown
- Ventnor – dates unknown
- 1893 Fordham
- 1896 Bulford
- 1902-1923 Avebury
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Surman index id: 8149
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: I suspect that there is a typographic error in Leary giving the second initial as G rather than E.