Jeffs, Frederick (1858-1931)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1932
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

Frederick was born on 27 January 1858 at Hillesden, Buckinghamshire to parents William and Ann. William worked the land.

Both parents were Primitive Methodists. There was no chapel in the village and services were held in the home of the Jeffs family. His mother was at once society steward, class leader, sick visitor, missionary collector, and took appointments sometimes to ‘fill in’.

Frederick was converted at the early age of none and received a ‘note’ to preach when only thirteen. He received his limited education in the village church school and at eleven was sent out to work on the farm.

When fifteen, Frederick moved to Derby. Two years later he was engaged as a hired local preacher at Ashby-de-la-Zouch and a year later entered the ministry.


His obituary records that Frederick was pre-eminently a preacher, with an individuality all of his own. He was slow, deliberate, clear, convincing, appealing alike to the heart and the intellect. He commanded attention and carried conviction.

Outside the pulpit, as in it, his personality was unique and most kindly.


Frederick married Elizabeth (Lily) Tharme (1866-1946) in late 1887 at Liverpool. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • Jessie Radford (1889-1954) – married William Frost Shepherd, an insurance official
  • Percy Gilmore (b1893) a fitter and turner apprentice (1911); emigrated to USA
  • Lilian Edith (1897-1972) – married Leslie C T Bailey in 1923
  • Frederick William (1909-1986) – a lecturer (1946)

Frederick died on 15 November 1931 at Willenhall, Staffordshire.


  • 1877 Preston Brook
  • 1880 Liverpool III
  • 1882 Barrow in Furness
  • 1883 Dalton
  • 1886 Preston I
  • 1890 Sheffield III
  • 1893 Willenhall
  • 1897 Preston II
  • 1902 Sheffield III
  • 1909 Leigh
  • 1913 Guernsey
  • 1917 Willenhall
  • 1923 Cradley Heath
  • 1924 Oldham IV
  • 1925 Chesterfield I
  • 1926 Willenhall (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/674; 1932/373

PM Minutes 1932/318

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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