Hobson, Frederick (1875-1946)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Early years

Frederick was born on 21 March 1875 at Darlington, Co Durham, to parents Frederick and Eleanor. Frederick, senior, was a cartman for the corporation (1881).

Frederick’s boyhood and youth were associated with the Greenbank Church, Darlington. He began to preach under the ministry of Rev Andrew Latimer.

As a youth, Frederick was apprenticed to a blacksmith. Before entering Hartley College in 1898, Frederick spent a year as lay agent in Newcastle-upon-Tyne under the superintendence of Arthur T Guttery.


Frederick served as District Committee Secretary and Missionary Secretary in the Bradford and Halifax District, each for a term of five years.

Frederick was Secretary of Conference at Southport in 1928. He also served as Treasurer of the Itinerant Ministers’ Friendly Society.

His obituary records that he was a good, kind, soul, who found his highest joy, not in attaining anything for himself, but in serving without stint in the Church he so much loved. He was a student but never a book-worm, nor did he spend time in his study that could be better spent in the common tasks that came his way day by day. Frederick was also a lover of poetry.


Frederick married Florence Sophia Carden (1878-1919) in the summer of 1904 at Scarborough, Yorkshire. Florence was the daughter of Rev Henry Carden. Census returns identify two children.

  • Henry Carden (1906-1968) – a wool sorter (1946)
  • Dorothy Fredrica (b1910)

Frederick married Florence May Cooper in the spring of 1933 at Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Frederick died on 23 June 1946 at Darlington, Co. Durham.


  • Hartley
  • 1900 Sunderland IV
  • 1905 Crook
  • 1907 S Shields
  • 1913 Bradford V
  • 1924 Halifax II
  • 1934 Bradford Gt Horton
  • 1940 Darlington (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929/64

Methodist Minutes 1946/147

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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