Ingham, Frederick Arthur (1866-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Early years

Frederick was born in 1866 at New Mills, Derbyshire.

Frederick received a good education and became a Board School teacher, and then assistant master in the Science School at New Mills.

Frederick was converted at twenty, after eight years’ drifting. He was seized with the passion to preach. After becoming a local preacher, he spent a year at Birkenhead as a hired local preacher.


At Bristol, Frederick served as scripture examiner in Council schools. At Chippenham, he was president of the Liberal Association and of the Brotherhood. At Newcastle under Lyme, Frederick was elected onto the Board of Guardians.

On retiring in 1935, Frederick resided at Northborough and for five years he took charge of four village churches, and continued preaching till within a few months of his death.

Frederick was an excellent preacher and pastor. His people remembered with gratitude his wise council and kindly humour. His presence in the home brought even greater blessing, for he radiated good cheer and comfort wherever he went. On the practical side, he was keenly interested in the careers of young people. He would go to endless trouble, pleading their cause, interviewing employees and winning influential support for his protégés.


Frederick married Rachel Beswick (1875-1949) in the summer of 1899 at Longton, Staffordshire. Rachel was the daughter of Councillor James Beswick of Longton, a master potter, who gave great service to the Tunstall District.

  • Madge (1902-1972) – married Laurence H Hill in 1935
  • Robert Beswick (1904-1971) – a pottery manager (1950)
  • Arthur (b1906) – a medical practitioner (1950)
  • Frederick Phillip (1916-1973)

Frederick died on 5 November 1949 at Peterborough, Huntingdonshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1893 Ramsor
  • 1895 Longton
  • 1899 Talke
  • 1903 Whitchurch
  • 1906 Chippenham
  • 1911 Bristol II
  • 1914 Chippenham
  • 1916 Talke
  • 1921 Biddulph
  • 1925 Stafford
  • 1928 Swaffham
  • 1932 Fakenham &c
  • 1935 Supernum


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923/77

Methodist Minutes 1950/130

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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