Hopkins, Jeremiah (1852-1933)
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..
- 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