Ford, James (1811-1878)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early years

James was born in 1811 at Shaftsbury, Dorset. After his conversion his christian deportment, thoughtful habits, earnest spirit, and genuine piety, secured for him the esteem and love of his fellow shopmen, church members and circuit ministers. His efforts as a local preacher were earnest and assiduous, unctuous and useful.


The Reverand E Hancock writes; ‘Mr Ford’s manner of preaching the divine word was expressive of ministerial gravity, solidity and earnestness of soul; and doubtless his labours of love were crowned with extensive usefulness, conducive to the salvation of many precious souls, who will be the crown of his rejoicing in the day of the Lord.’


He married Elizabeth (1809-1890). Records identify one child.

  • Jane Eliza (1849-1917) – a dressmaker and later a housekeeper.

James died on 15 September 1878 at Shaftsbury, Dorset.


  • 1837 St Ives
  • 1839 Redruth
  • 1840 Carmarthen
  • 1842 Sherborne
  • 1844 Marlborough
  • 1845 Shefford
  • 1846 Newbury
  • 1848 Petersfield
  • 1850 Newport Pagnell
  • 1852 Micheldever
  • 1853 Basingstoke
  • 1854 Sturminster
  • 1856 Whitney
  • 1858 Wallingford
  • 1860 Winchester
  • 1863 Chipping Norton
  • 1865 Sturminster
  • 1868 Brinkworth
  • 1870 Motcombe


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862 (portrait); 1879/116

PM Minutes 1879/6

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

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