Hall, Alfred Charles (1841-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.

Our ministry has been rich in men of varied gifts and graces. Our brother’s outstanding quality was his goodness. He might not be termed great or brilliant, but he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost. He was born in Hull, November 10, 1841. His grandmother was one of the earliest Primitive Methodists in that city, and was a member of the class led by the venerable W. Clowes. To that class his grandmother took him regularly by the hand. He became a member of West Street, and at the age of sixteen he received a note to take appointments and become a local preacher.

When about twenty-three years of age he was asked to supply Wakefield, in the place of Rev. Jeremiah Dodsworth, who was ill, and some six months subsequently died. It was while at Wakefield that he was recommended for the regular ministry, and was pledged by the Castleford Circuit in 1864. In this district he served his probation, and by his gifts, graces, and fruits gave full proof of his ministry that his call by the Church was sealed by the Holy Spirit. He was received into the full ministry at the Otley District Meeting, in company with Revs. Rumfit and A. Hebblethwaite.

After a year each in Wakefield and Keithley, he went into the Eastern Counties, where many years of his ministry were spent. He was in no sense a Connexional man, attending committees, recording minutes, taking a prominent part in Synods and in Conferences were not in his line. But in preaching the Gospel, visiting the sick, missioning in the open air, these were his delight, and in this way he did his greatest work and won his noblest triumphs. 

About seven years ago, through failing health, he was compelled to seek superannuation. He went to Dore, in the Sheffield IX. Circuit, to which society he rendered useful service. Later he settled at Abbeydale, giving what service he was able in preaching and visiting. Suddenly, on February 19th, about mid-night, he was seized with heart failure, and passed peacefully away. The funeral service was conducted in our Dore Chapel, in which Rev. E. Mather, Rev. Charles Dudley, and T. Bullock took part. Memorial services were conducted in Abbeydale and Dore chapels, when suitable reference was made to the life and character of our brother.

Family

Alfred was born on 10 November 1841 at Hull, Yorkshire, to parents Charles Douglas Hall and Mary Ann. He was baptised on 29 March 1842 at Holy Trinity, Hull.

He married Martha Dewhirst (1834-1917) in the summer of 1868 at Halifax, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Annie (b abt1870) – a governess (1891)
  • Charlotte (b1871) – a nurse (1901)
  • Elizabeth (b abt1874)
  • Martha Dewhirst (b1876)
  • Mary (b abt1880)

Alfred died on 19 February 1910 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. He was buried on 22 February 1910 at Dore, Derbyshire.

Circuits

  • 1864 Pontefract
  • 1865 Halifax
  • 1866 Pateley Bridge
  • 1867 Dewsbury
  • 1868 Wakefield
  • 1869 Keighley
  • 1870 E Dereham
  • 1872 Wangford
  • 1874 Fakenham
  • 1877 Ipswich
  • 1878 Rockland
  • 1879 Thetford
  • 1881 Kelsale
  • 1882 Manea
  • 1885 Wrexham
  • 1887 Liverpool III
  • 1888 Glasgow I
  • 1889 Plymouth
  • 1890 Sudbury
  • 1892 St Day
  • 1894 Midsomer Norton
  • 1896 Pillowell
  • 1898 Chipping Norton
  • 1900 Newmarket
  • 1901 Glastonbury
  • 1903 Sheffield (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine  1910/404

PM Minutes  1910/24

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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