Hopkins, Jeremiah (1852-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

Jeremiah was born on 24 March 1852 at Bath, Somerset to parents Charles and Sarah Ann. Charles was a coachman.

Jeremiah’s father died when Jeremiah was ten. The family moved to Claremont, a suburb of Bath, and came under the influence of a PM Mission. Jeremiah was converted when aged fifteen as a result of hearing Rev S.J. Southwood on Whit-Sunday.

Although desiring to answer a call to the ministry, his employer refused to cancel his endentures as an apprentice printer, and Jeremiah had to remain a local preacher for some years before a second call could be accepted.


The supreme aim of Jeremiah was to be successful in the ordinary work of circuit ministry.

His obituary records that Jeremiah was a convincing and forcible preacher, a man of strength, a sure guide, a wise teacher, a true friend, and his ministry was greatly valued. Both in public and private he was an evangelist. He was a home-lover and a trusted neighbour; a discoverer of possibilities; a leader with a great love of inward purity and a hatred of all things unworthy.

The foundation elements of his life were simplicity, courage, loyalty, faith.


William married Elizabeth Bennett (1852-1926) in the summer of 1878 at Hawarden, Flintshire. Census returns identify three of four children.

  • Charles Edgar William (1879-1943) – a chemist
  • Arthur Banks (b1883) – an electrician’s apprentice (1901)
  • Louise Westrop Carvell (1885-1936)

Jeremiah died on 25 December 1933 at Kendall, Westmorland..


  • Sunderland
  • 1874 Plymouth
  • 1875 Liverpool II
  • 1877 Buckley
  • 1878 Barrow in Furness
  • 1879 Rochdale
  • 1880 Littleborough
  • 1882 St Ives, Cornwall
  • 1883 Radstock
  • 1885 Andover
  • 1886 Portsmouth
  • 1890 Market Drayton
  • 1891 Newcastle II
  • 1894 Guisborough
  • 1897 Winster
  • 1898 Southport III
  • 1900 Burton on Trent
  • 1902 Wigton
  • 1906 Middleton
  • 1908 Northallerton
  • 1911 Bedale
  • 1913 Kendal
  • 1916 Kendal (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/549

PM Minutes 1934/210

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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