Humble, Charles (1866-1937)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926

Early years

Charles was born on 8 June 1866 at Burtreeford, nr Stanhope, Co Durham, to parents Jonathan and Margaret. Jonathan was a farm labourer and shepherd. Charles was baptised on 25 June 1866 at Stanhope, Co Durham.

Charles spent a year as a hired local preacher at Barrow before beginning his probation at Birkenhead.


Charles was one of the pioneers of the Christian Endeavour movement. He served as Connexional C.E. Secretary from 1910-1915. He was a member of the National C.E. Council for over fifteen years.

He was also well known as the C.E. Tours Secretary serving terms either side of being Connexional C.E. Secretary.

Charles was active in the League of Nations movement after WW1.

Charles was Secretary of Conference in 1925. At the time of Union in 1932, Charles was Secretary of the Local Preachers Aid Fund.

After retirement in 1935, Charles worked as an active supernumerary in the Amble circuit.

His obituary records that Charles was an earnest and persuasive preacher, excelling as a soul winner. He laboured for revivals and witnessed them, notably at Hartlepool, Tow Law and Amble.


Charles married Lily Gertrude Margaret Lee (abt1871-1922) in the spring of 1897 at Oldham, Lancashire. Census returns identify two of four children.

  • Margaret Nora Lee (1898-1979) – married Norman Cecil Thomas in early 1923
  • Jonathan Oliver (1905-1982) – a butcher (1937)

Charles died on 25 April 1937 at Waterloo, Lancashire, at the home of his daughter. He was laid to rest at Burtreeford in a little cemetery immediately behind his early home.


  • 1890 Birkenhead
  • 1894 Liverpool III
  • 1896 Cockermouth
  • 1899 Crook
  • 1903 Hartlepool
  • 1909 Darlington
  • 1914 Wingate
  • 1916 York I
  • 1920 Manchester XI
  • 1930 Nelson
  • 1935 Amble (sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926/372

Methodist Minutes 1937/207

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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