Fletcher, Henry (1876-1967)
Henry was born in 1876 at Spennymoor, Co Durham, to parents Edward and Jane. Edward was a coal miner. Henry worked as a coal miner before entering the ministry.
Henry served as District Sunday School Secretary.
His obituary records that Henry was at home in the treasures of prayer and the deep things of faith, having a virile personality that quickly evoked glad response in the hearts of all his people. Always seeking to store his mind and heart with choice reading and study, he was able to face every problem and every challenge that arose in the course of his work.
His faithful pastoral work was the natural fruit of his sensitive and dedicated spirit. He was quick to sympathise with those who suffered in affliction or bereavement.
After superannuation, following forty-six years of very active ministry, Henry spent a short time at Coventry as an active supernumerary before settling at Kettering. There he shared in class leaders’ duties and preaching until declining strength took its toll.
Henry married Jane Mitcheson (1875-1971) in 1906 at Spennymoor, Co Durham. Census and birth records identify four children.
- Jane Mitcheson (b1907)
- Edna Mary (1911-1998) – married John Watson Young
- Henry S (1916-1917)
- Annie (b1920)
Henry died on 13 March 1967 at Kettering, Northamptonshire.
- 1902 Watford
- 1906 Craven Arms
- 1908 Dunstable
- 1910 Durham
- 1918 Thornley
- 1923 Houghton le Spring
- 1930 Crook
- 1938 Altrincham
- 1945 Falkirk &c
- 1948 Coventry (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931/188
Methodist Minutes 1967/199
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers