Jackson, James Dodd (1861-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

James was born on 9 December 1861 at Darlington, Co Durham to parents James Jackson and Eleanor Dodd. James, senior, was a PM Minister.


As a circuit minister, while he duly cared for the material interests of the churches in his charge, erecting property, purchasing sites, and reducing debts, his supreme interest was the declaration of the Word. James brought to the work of preaching gifts of insight, imagination and expression, which placed him at the forefront of preachers in the Church.

James became connexional editor in 1911. He brought to that task an intimate knowledge of literature, a fine sense of PM Church life, and a ready and able pen.

His obituary records that James was a delightful companion. He was quick to detect the humorous side of any incident. As a friend he was true as steel.


James authored the following.

Twixt moor and mead

The message and the man: some essentials of effective preaching, 1912 – Hartley Lecture


James married Sarah Ann Thomason (1857-1894) in the summer of 1887 at Lymm, Cheshire. Records identify three children.

  • Eleanor Isabella Rathbone (1888-1956) – a teacher (1911)
  • James Leonard Thomason (1891-1972) – an apprentice bank clerk (1911)
  • Annie Thomason Jackson (1894-1894)

James married Elizabeth Bailey Leggett (1865-1940) in late 1895 at Liverpool, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Mary Felicia Hannah (b1900)

James died on 9 December 1918 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


  • 1884 Kilburn
  • 1886 Keighley II
  • 1887 Burnley
  • 1889 Liverpool II
  • 1891 Bootle
  • 1894 N Shields
  • 1895 Newcastle III
  • 1899 Grimsby III
  • 1901 Heywood
  • 1902 Preston
  • 1905 Crewe
  • 1909 Ellesmere Port
  • 1911 Editor
  • 1916 Tunbridge Wells


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/617; 1916/665; 1916/759; 1919/147; 1919/258

PM Minutes 1919/266

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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