Foster, James (1864-1941)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JAMES FOSTER: born at Copley, Co. Durham, in 1864. He entered the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1892, and the Conference sent him to Australia, where for ten years he served at Rockhampton, Brisbane, and Cairns. 

On his return he was stationed at Pembroke Dock, and subsequently served. in a number of circuits, particularly in eastern England and Yorkshire. 

He took a keen interest in the young people wherever he was stationed. He was a faithful preacher of the Gospel, a conscientious pastor, and by his fine Christian character won for himself a place in the affections of the people. 

He became a supernumerary in 1932 and lived in quiet retirement at Bridlington. Although the closing year of his life was one of suffering, he endured with patience and confidence. To the end he was keenly interested in the work of the Church. On October 18, 1941, a very faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ passed to his reward in the forty-ninth year of his ministry.


James was burn on 2 December 1864 at Copley, Co. Durham.

He married Jane Ann Thompson (1866-1952) in early 1896 in Teesdale, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.

  • John Thomas (b1899)
  • Margaret Lilian (1902-1982) – a typist and book-keeper (1939)

James died on 18 October 1941 at Bridlington, Yorkshire.


  • 1891 Rockhampton, Australia
  • 1893 Croydon
  • 1895 Georgetown
  • 1896 Eidswold
  • 1897 Brisbane V
  • 1901 Pembroke Dock, Wales
  • 1903 Guildford
  • 1906 Middleham
  • 1909 Helmsley
  • 1912 Diss
  • 1915 Stowmarket
  • 1918 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1921 Lincoln II
  • 1924 Mirfield
  • 1930 Littleborough
  • 1933 Bridlington (S)


Methodist Minutes 1942/140

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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