Jones, Edward (1839-1917)
Edward was born on 11 October 1839 at Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire to parents John and Mary. John was a blacksmith. Edward was a third generation Primitive Methodist.
Edward was converted on 15 January 1858 in the Pennerley Chapel at a service conducted by Rev. James Huff. Shortly after his conversion, Edward preached his first sermon to a congregation of villagers assembled in a hill-side cottage. Edward devoted himself to prayer and a course of study and became a useful and successful local preacher.
Edward superintended the erection of chapels at Rocester (Ramsor circuit) and James St, Tredegar.
Edward was recognised as an able and ready ‘penman’ holding many District Secretarial appointments.
His obituary records that Edward was methodical and painstaking; an unflinching disciplinarian, and yet gentlemanly and courteous. He was well-read, he was a lucid, interesting and able preacher of the Word, his platform work and devotion as the shepherd of his people were highly appreciated.
Edward married Eliza Maria Rees (1844-1868) on 20 December 1867 in the Montgomery Registration District.
Edward married Emma Siddall (1855-1926) in the summer of 1877 in the Nantwich Registration District. Census returns identify six of seven children.
- Edward Theophilus Siddall (1878-1948) – a student for holy orders in 1911
- George Siddall Wilberforce (b1880) – a teacher
- Ellen Maud Evangeline (1881-1932) – a music teacher (1911)
- Emma Maria Christina (1885-1959)
- Ida Jane Evelyne (1887-1957)
- Julia Sybil B (1890-1892)
Edward died on 12 January 1917 at Woodbank Hamer Green, nr Nantwich, Cheshire.
- 1862 Dawley
- 1863 Kidderminster
- 1864 Bishops Castle
- 1866 Tunstall
- 1868 Brierley Hill
- 1870 Newcastle under Lyme
- 1872 Silverdale
- 1873 Sandbach
- 1876 Wrockwardinewood
- 1880 Whitchurch
- 1881 Nantwich
- 1884 Market Drayton
- 1886 Ramsor
- 1889 Sandbach
- 1893 Tredegar
- 1897 Shewsbury
- 1900 Long Eaton
- 1903 Eastleigh
- 1904 Quinton
- 1906 Kingston
- 1907 Birmingham (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1870/307 (Eliza); 1899/163; 1917/585
PM Minutes 1917/254
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers