Goodall, Charles (1837-1922)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1922

Early years

Charles was born in 1837 at Garforth, nr Leeds, Yorkshire to parents Thomas and Sarah. Thomas was a coal miner.

Charles was converted at a prayer meeting held in his parents home. His first class ticket was dated May 1853. In 1856 he became an exhorter on the Leeds I plan.


In his second station at Allendale, George enjoyed the advantage of two years tuition and the influence of Colin Campbell McKechnie.

As a preacher his method was expository and practical rather than the didactic and hortatory, giving evidence of thoughtful preparation and careful attention to the root idea of the subject at hand.

His obituary records that his general ministry, mainly in the north of England, was marked by the diligent and useful, rather than the learned and brilliant. His sermons were cogent, luminous and practical. In the homes of his people he was a ray of sunshine, owing to his general urbanity and kindly disposition and sane counsel.


Charles married Elizabeth McDonald (b1845) in late 1864 at Kendal, Westmorland. Census returns identify seven of their eight children.

  • Thomas William McDonald (1865-1935) – Foreign Missionary and Editor (1911)
  • Charles Frederick (1866-1892) – a theological student (1891)
  • Colin Campbell (1869-1938) – a PM minister
  • Dorothy Jane (b1871)
  • Arthur Ernest (1873-1937) – a PM minister
  • Percival (1876-1904)
  • Herbert Maurice (1886-1953) – worked for Post Office at Swaffham in 1902

Charles died in February 1922 in Teesdale, Co Durham.


  • 1860 Stockton
  • 1861 Allendale
  • 1863 Kendal
  • 1865 Hetton
  • 1867 S Shields
  • 1869 Crook
  • 1872 Bishop Auckland
  • 1873 Whitehaven
  • 1875 Guisborough
  • 1878 Kendal
  • 1880 Motherwell
  • 1882 Whitehaven
  • 1886 E Dereham
  • 1887 Yarmouth
  • 1890 Wisbech
  • 1893 Barnard Castle
  • 1896 Brierley Hill
  • 1899 Whickambrook
  • 1900 Swaffham
  • 1903 Hull Vl (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891/257; 1922/435

PM Minutes 1922/257

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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