Holmes, Moses (1872-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926

Early years

Moses was born in 1872 at Little Hulton, nr Walkden, Lancashire, to parents Benjamin and Mary. Benjamin was a miner. Mary died when Moses was quite young.

Moses was converted when seventeen years of age. Called to preaching, he accompanied Mr. W Hall. After serving at Lincoln and Buxton as a hired local preacher, Moses entered Hartley College in 1896.


Moses succeeded Rev G E Wiles at Fernando Po. Domestic circumstances prevented a return to Africa, but his advocacy of missions continued to be keen and effective. He made Africa his hobby.

Moses served as Missionary Secretary in the Sheffield District.

Ill-health compelled his retirement in 1938.

His obituary records that Moses was modest and kindly in disposition, sane in judgement, tactful in handling men and affairs, and did sound and abiding work.


Moses married Martha Jane Halliwell (1879-1965) in the summer of 1904 in the Bolton Registration District, Lancashire. Records identify three children.

  • Jennie Halliwell (1905-1979)
  • Donald Arthur (1909-1983) – an insurance general manager (1965)
  • Orlando (1913-1984)

Moses died on 9 February 1940 at Stockport, Cheshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1898 Bolton II
  • 1901 Fernando Po
  • 1903 Pocklington
  • 1905 Bury
  • 1908 Rhymney Valley
  • 1911 Sheffield VII
  • 1914 Clayton West
  • 1920 Sheffield Intake
  • 1925 Leamington
  • 1929 Marple
  • 1930 Manchester IX
  • 1935 Sheffield N


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/464; 1926/224

Methodist Minutes 1940/176

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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