Haigh, Nathan (1844-1922)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1903

Early years

Nathan was born on 5 March 1844 at Emley, Yorkshire to parents James and Amelia. At the time of the 1861 census James was a coal agent.

When aged ten, his family moved to Sheffield and joined the Stanley Street Society. When aged fourteen, Nathan was converted and joined the Walkley Society at the place where he was apprenticed. Nathan was allowed to attend Elmfield College before entering into circuit work as a minister. Nathan attended Elmfield in the year that Rev. John Petty died and acted as one of the pall-bearers at his funeral.


Nathan took a deep interest in the Free Church Federation Movement. He filled the office of Vice-President of the Wolverhampton Free Church Council. Whilst at Wolverhampton, Nathan formed a friendship with Dr Charles A Berry, a well-known Congregational pastor and preacher.

Nathan had a deep interest in two causes; the temperance movement, which was the main element in his advocacy of social reform, and Sunday school work, which he saw as a fundamental privilege and duty for the Church to accept.

After retiring from the full-time work of the ministry, Nathan served as pastor in the Withington, Rusholme and West Didsbury churches in Manchester.


Nathan married Jane Elizabeth Swales (1846-1902) on 2 November 1872 at York. They had two children.

  • Amelia Jaques (1873 -1895) – known as Lilly
  • William James (1883-1889) – known as Willie

Nathan married Sarah Martin (abt1838-1906) in the spring of 1904 at Hastings, Sussex.

Nathan died on 3 March 1922 at Manchester, Lancashire.


  • 1868 Edinburgh
  • 1870 Hastings
  • 1873 Maidstone
  • 1874 Cheltenham
  • 1875 Chesterfield
  • 1878 Derby I
  • 1881 Leicester I
  • 1884 Rotherham
  • 1886 Wolverhampton
  • 1889 Gravesend
  • 1891 Grantham
  • 1894 Bournemouth
  • 1896 Wolverhampton II
  • 1898 Blackheath
  • 1899 Fleetwood
  • 1902 Stoke on Trent
  • 1904 Bilston
  • 1906 Sheffield IV
  • 1909 Sheffield III
  • 1911 Manchester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1903/408 (Jane); 1905/422; 1923/66

PM Minutes 1922/258

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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