Horberry, James Baines (1834-1888)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1884

Early years

James was born on 20 December 1834 at Kexby, Lincolnshire to parents William Horberry and Rebecca Baines. William was a tailor. In 1851 James is working as a tailor’s apprentice.

James was converted aged 12. He started to preach when he was 14. Both his parents were converted through his ministry.


In his final circuit James found large numbers added to the church and two handsome and commodious chapels were erected.

His obituary records that as a colleague James was kind and considerate, and agreeable in the treatment of his brethren. As a preacher he always endeavoured to preach the truth of the Holy Scriptures faithfully and conscientiously, and shunned not to declare the whole counsel of God. The doctrines he preached were evangelical and Methodistic; a prominent feature of his teaching being that of ‘sanctification by the Holy Spirit’, on which he wrote and issued some useful publications.

His pastoral visits were much appreciated and have left his name a fragrant memory. In the matter of ‘total abstinence’, he was an example to be safely followed.


James wrote the following.

Religious consecration essential to holiness; or, the believer directed to the attainment of entire sanctification , 1868

Heaven on earth: or, the high privilege of every Christian to be sanctified wholly; to which is appended Rules for holy living , 1882


James married Fanny Cooling (1837-1873) on 20 December 1861 at West Derby, Lancashire. Records identify eight children.

  • Fanny Rebecca (1862-1880) – a dressmaker
  • Sarah Annie (1864-1935) – married Charles Oliver Webb, a butcher
  • John William Cooling (1865-1903) – a PM Minister in Australia
  • Louisa Readina (1868-1952) – emigrated to Australia circa 1891/2
  • James Henry (1869-1870)
  • Harriet Alice (1870-1956) – a confectioner in 1901
  • Frederick Arthur (1872-1958) – Chief Petty Officer in Royal Navy; later a market gardener.
  • Walter Ernest (1873-1931) – emigrated to Australia in 1889

James married Anne South Cooling, younger sister of Fanny, at the end of 1874 at St Asaph, Denbighshire. Records identify six children.

  • Edith Agnes (1875-1942) – a school teacher; emigrated to Australia; married Joseph Sansom
  • Florence Emma (b1877) – married John Wood Glover, a company secretary (1911)
  • Eva Maud Mary (1879-1954)
  • Albert Edward (1881-1966) – an auditor, spent some time in New York, USA
  • James Baines (1883-1884)
  • Lavinia Daisy (1886-1949)

James died on 31 March 1888 at Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.


  • 1855 Buckden
  • 1857 Bedford
  • 1858 Northampton
  • 1860 London ll
  • 1861 London lll
  • 1862 High Wycombe
  • 1863 Three Households
  • 1864 Luton
  • 1866 Reading
  • 1868 Rugby & Lutterworth
  • 1871 Brighton
  • 1873 Spalding
  • 1875 Belper
  • 1877 Loughborough
  • 1878 Horncastle
  • 1879 Eakring
  • 1884 Burton on Trent


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1884 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1888/17

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Horberry Family Tree on Ancestry.com

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