Hopkins, Jeremiah (1852-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
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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