Firth, Fred (1867-1942)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

Fred was born in 1867 at Drighlington, Yorkshire, to parents William and Emma. William, an insurance agent, served the Church for fifty years as School superintendent and teacher, local preacher, class leader and trust treasurer.

Fred trained for the teaching profession and became an undergraduate at London University. Later Fred graduated from the Royal University of Ireland.


His obituary records that Fred brought rich qualities of mind and heart to all his circuits. With a shrewd understanding of men, he possessed in a high degree the power to see the best in them. Staunch qualities of character won for him great esteem and respect. Kind and considerate, he had true sympathy for any in need or in sorrow.

Fred served on the General Sunday School Committee and the Candidates’ Examining Committee. He also served as District Sunday School Secretary and District Missionary Committee Secretary.


Fred married Annie Wetherell (1869-1958) in late 1894 at Selby, Yorkshire.

Fred died on 1 August 1942 at Selby, Yorkshire, as a result of a tragic street accident.


  • 1888 Ryde & Ventnor
  • 1889 Halifax III
  • 1891 Selby
  • 1892 Heckmondwike
  • 1895 Workington
  • 1900 Bishop Auckland
  • 1902 Burnopfield
  • 1905 Preston I
  • 1910 Hull II
  • 1914 Hetton
  • 1921 Preston I
  • 1925 Burnley I
  • 1930 Selby (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/594

Methodist Minutes 1943/116

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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