Hull, Edgar John (1876-1937)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

EDGAR JOHN HULL: one of the six sons of the late Rev. George Hull, three of whom became Primitive Methodist Ministers. Born at Yarmouth sixty years ago, he became a local preacher when eighteen years old and, after a period as evangelist with the mission van, was recommended for the Ministry by Croydon Circuit in 1902. That year Conference stationed him at Motcombe in Dorset, a wide country circuit in charge of his father, who watched over his four years’ probation. 

For thirty-five years his devoted ministry was exercised in such rural areas. His was a strong, attractive personality, and he had a keen sense of humour. Underlying his genial disposition was a quality of firmness. He was a man of the people, and a true shepherd of souls. A book-lover, gleaning from many fields a rich store of knowledge, he was an interesting lecturer and a delightful companion. Bright, homely discourses marked his ministry and he witnessed many conversions. Through many sorrows and much suffering his brave spirit remained radiant and triumphant. 

He died at Hungerford on Sunday, March 14, 1937, much lamented and loved by a host of friends.


Edgar was born in the summer of 1876 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to parents George Hull, a PM minister, and Clara Moore.

Before entering the ministry Edgar worked as a ledger clerk (1901).

He married  Alice Edie May Sims (1883-1914) in the summer of 1906 in the Tisbury Registration district, Wiltshire. They had three children.

  • John (1908-1908)
  • Edgar Josiah (1909-1987) – a carpenter & joiner (1939)
  • Ernest George (1910-1987) – a milk salesman (1939)

He married May Coates (1882-1954) in the spring of 1917 in the Droxford Registration district, Hampshire. Birth records identify one child.

  • Raymond Horace (1919-1985) – a civil servant, Customs & Excise (1939); died in Canada

Edgar died on 14 March 1937 at Hungerford, Berkshire. He was buried on 17 March 1937 in the St Lawrence churchyard, Hungerford.


  • 1902 Motcombe
  • 1905 Pembroke Dock
  • 1906 Leintwardine
  • 1908 Weymouth
  • 1911 Frome
  • 1914 Droxford
  • 1917 Shaftsbury
  • 1919 Redruth
  • 1920 Nelson
  • 1922 Cirencester
  • 1925 Berkhamstead
  • 1931 Harwich
  • 1935 Hungerford


Methodist Minutes 1937/204

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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