Gill, Charles Frederick (1871-1948)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1931/268

Early years

Charles was born in 1871 at Norwich, Norfolk to parents Charles and Sarah. Charles, senior, was a builder.


At the end of his stay at Archibonville, Charles brought a young native boy back to England to be educated. He became known as John Enang Gill, and eventually returned back to Africa to become the first Efik minister in the PM Church in Nigeria.

Charles remained a powerful missionary advocate. For ten years he was the Missionary Secretary of the Nottingham District. He also served for five years as secretary of the Connexional Young People’s Missionary Department.

His obituary records that Charles had a splendid loyalty to the essentials of the Faith, a practical and teaching ministry, a strict integrity of conduct, a kindly sociable disposition, and a gift of humour, which carried him through many difficult tasks.


Charles authored the following.

The Rev. John Enang Gill: the first Efik missionary of the Primitive Methodist Church in Nigeria


Charles married Emma Rix (1870-1960) in the spring of 1899 in the Wayland, Registration District, Norfolk. Census returns identify one of two children.

  • Dorothy Ellen Emma (1900-1961)

Charles died on 24 August 1948 at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.


  • 1895 Buckingham
  • 1896 Chichester
  • 1897 Archibongville
  • 1899 Shrewsbury
  • 1900 Aldershot
  • 1903 Long Eaton
  • 1908 Derby II
  • 1913 Mansfield
  • 1921 Loughborough
  • 1929 Derby III
  • 1934 Derby (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925/709

Methodist Minutes 1949/124

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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