Jackson, Alexander (1885-1953)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ALEXANDER JACKSON: born at Bulwell, Nottingham, in 1885. In his youth he became a member of the Primitive Methodist Church, and, showing great promise, was called to the ministry and entered Hartley College in 1906. On leaving college he went as a probationer to Birmingham and later to Whitstable, where immediately his worth was revealed. 

He had a strong, colourful personality and exercised a virile ministry in all the circuits in which he travelled. With constant devotion and unflagging zeal he worked for the financial, social, and spiritual prosperity of the churches under his charge, and his labours were crowned with success. As a preacher he will long be remembered; his mind was enriched by carefully selected reading and diligent study, and the messages he gave to his people were clear and convincing. Resourceful and versatile, his ministry was rich and memorable. He was a wise and capable leader and administrator, had a gift for organization, and was a popular elocutionist. During the war years he rendered special service among airmen under his charge. 

Effectively he served in the Scotter, Gainsborough, Hull (Portobello), Mansfield, Grimsby and Cleethorpes, Longton, and Wem circuits. Owing to ill health he became a supernumerary in 1950, residing in Lytham, where in his infirmity he was borne up by faith and fortitude. 

On May 5, 1953, in his sixty-eighth year and after forty-four years in the ministry, he received the call to the higher service.


Alexander was born on 3 June 1885 at Bullwell, Nottinghamshire, to parents William, a stone mason, and Sarah.

The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who reveals that Alexander had a special interest in elocution, and for years made a hobby of whole evening recitals.

He married Edith Ellen Faulks (1888-1985)  in late 1913 at Loughborough, Leicestershire. Birth records identify five children.

  • Alan (1915-1998) – a theological student (1939)
  • Dorothy Mabel (1916-1987) – married Robert Beswick Ingham in 1944
  • Eileen (1918-1988) – married Kenneth Arthur Swinburn in 1947
  • Joan (b1921) – married Walter K Gardner in 1944
  • Alex D (b1922)

Alexander died on 5 May 1953 at Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire.


  • Hartley
  • 1909 Birmingham I
  • 1912 Canterbury
  • 1913 Scotter
  • 1916 Gainsborough
  • 1922 Hull, Portobello
  • 1925 Mansfield 
  • 1931 Grimsby II
  • 1933 Grimsby, Central & Cleethorpes
  • 1937 Cleethorpes Ty
  • 1939 Stoke, Longton
  • 1945 Wem
  • 1950 Lytham (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1953/152

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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