Henderson, James (1881-1955)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JAMES HENDERSON: born at Crook, Co. Durham, in 1881. He came under the influence of some of the giants of northern Primitive Methodism both ministerial and lay, and they left their mark upon his life and work. Under their guidance he became a local preacher and, later, a candidate for the ministry. At Hartley College he was greatly influenced by Dr. Peake. He entered the ministry in 1910 and spent the whole of his probation at Whitehaven. He subsequently served in the following circuits: Stockton-on-Tees, St. Helens, Auckland, Silsden, Spennymoor, Ashington, Durham, Brandon, and Deerness Valley. He was invited for an extended term in every circuit, and this fact speaks for itself of his life and work and of the esteem in which he was held. 

When he superannuated in 1950, he took up work as an active supernumerary in the Stokesley circuit, and was still engaged in that work at the time of his death. He was rather retiring by nature but a true friend to all who knew him intimately. A faithful preacher of the Gospel, a real pastor to his flock, an excellent colleague, and a real Christian gentleman, he has left behind a very fragrant memory. He passed to the higher service on 3rd January 1955, in the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-fifth of his ministry.


James was born on 22 October 1881 at Crook, Co. Durham, to parents Lancelot Henderson, a confectioner (1891) and mineral water maker (1901), and Jane Elizabeth Dinsdale.

Before entering the ministry, James assisted in his father’s business as a mineral water bottler (1901).

He married Kate Elizabeth Burnip (1883-1962) in the summer of 1914 in the Auckland Registration District, Co. Durham.

James died on 3 January 1955 at Stokesley, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1910 Whitehaven
  • 1914 Stockton
  • 1919 St Helens Auckland
  • 1923 Silsden
  • 1927 Spennymoor
  • 1933 Ashington
  • 1938 Durham
  • 1944 Brandon &c
  • 1950 Stokesley (S)


Methodist Minutes 1955/130

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.