Haddon, Bartholomew (1861-1939)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

Bartholomew was born on 26 July 1861 at Pelton, Co Durham to parents John and Isabella. John was a coal miner. Bartholomew worked as a coal miner before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that Bartholomew had a kindly and gracious personality, friendly disposition and charm of manner. He was a faithful pastor and wise counsellor. In his own life there were many sorrows, for he was called to much suffering. These experiences only deepened his sympathy and mellowed his nature, so that through them he might the better comfort and heal his fellowmen.

For many years he was a regular contributor to many leading religious publications.

In 1911 Bartholomew was a delegate to the fourth Ecumenical Conference in Toronto.

In 1921, he was Secretary of Conference.


Bartholomew married Margaret Owen (1858-1913) in the summer of 1888 at South Shields, Co Durham. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • William Owen (1889-1895)
  • John (1891-1952)
  • Olive Mary (1899-1913)
  • Margaret Doreen (1901-1935) – a teacher

Bartholomew died on 4 May 1939 at Washington Station, Co Durham.


  • Sunderland
  • 1884 Whitehaven
  • 1888 Wakefield
  • 1889 Ossett
  • 1896 Leeds VIII
  • 1898 Pontefract
  • 1903 Nottingham IV
  • 1907 Gateshead I
  • 1913 Bristol III
  • 1918 Pontypool
  • 1922 Seaham harbour
  • 1930 Jarrow (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/239 (wife); 1917/520; 1928/339

Methodist Minutes 1939/217

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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