Hancox, Enoch James (1876-1941)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ENOCH JAMES HANCOX: born at Scunthorpe in 1878. In early life he heard the call to preach, and after serving a year’s probation in Chesterfield he entered Hartley College in 1906. 

He was an impressive personality, possessing deep convictions, independence of spirit and judgment, and a devotion to circuit work so complete that little room remained for any other interest. As a preacher he excelled. His messages, expository and evangelical, were most carefully prepared and were delivered with surprising energy. He had real administrative ability and paid painstaking attention to every detail of Church business. His diligence as a pastor, his ready humour, and, supremely, his devotion to his Lord will be remembered with pride and joy by all who were privileged to know him. 

Owing to illness he became a Supernumerary in 1938, and retired to Bradford, the scene of his former, labours. This faithful soldier of Jesus Christ passed to the Homeland on February 17, 1941, in the sixty-third year of his life and the thirty-fourth of his ministry.


Enoch was born on 27 November 1878 at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

He married Margaret Helen Clarke (1888-1965) in the spring of 1912 at Anstey, Leicestershire. Birth records identify three children.

  • Eileen Joan (1913-1983) – married Norman Shackleton, a baker & confectioner (1939), in 1936
  • Kenneth Clarke (1914-1993) – a mental nurse (1939)
  • Norah (1916-1975) – married Arthur Grant, a motor fitter in car repair (1939), in 1938

Enoch died on 17 February 1941 at Bradford, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1907 Supply
  • 1908 Dalton & Millom
  • 1911 Sheffield II
  • 1914 Rawmarsh
  • 1918 Skipton
  • 1922 Peterborough I
  • 1926 Keighley II
  • 1929 Bradford II
  • 1934 Cannock


Methodist Minutes 1941/171

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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