Kershaw, Edward (1832-1894)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885

Early years

Edward was born in 1832 at Calderbrook, Lancashire.

Edward was converted at a comparatively young age and was admitted to the Shore Society in Rochdale through the ministry of Robert Kaye. He became a local preacher and later became a hired local preacher in the Rochdale circuit.


Edward’s obituary records that in his circuits he was much respected for his patient industry, plodding perseverance and unostentatious service.

He had few privileges in early life, hence most of his knowledge was self-acquired, yet by dint of perseverance he became, if not a brilliant, yet a useful minister of the Gospel of Christ.


Edward married Helen Ramsbottom (1835-1864) in the spring of 1861 at Bury, Lancashire. They had one child who died aged two.

Edward married Sarah Ann Kaye (1836-1900) in the summer of 1865 at Stockport, Cheshire. Sarah was the daughter of Rev Robert Kaye. Census returns identify two children.

  • Robert Edward (1866-1944) – a draper’s assistant (1891); a house furnisher (1911)
  • Mary Elizabeth (b1868)

Edward died on 23 May 1894 at Earlstown, Lancashire.


  • 1856 Rochdale
  • 1857 Bury
  • 1858 Preston
  • 1859 Bradwell
  • 1861 Lymm
  • 1862 Chester
  • 1864 Castletown
  • 1865 Manchester ll
  • 1866 Oldham ll
  • 1868 Blackburn
  • 1870 Castletown
  • 1873 Preston
  • 1875 Ramsey
  • 1878 Lymm
  • 1880 Northwich
  • 1883 Helmshore
  • 1885 Downham
  • 1887 Hadleigh
  • 1888 Radstock
  • 1891 Grassington
  • 1892 Earlstown (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1865/632; 1902/234 (Sarah Ann); 1885 (portrait); 1895/145

PM Minutes 1894/29

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 23 June 2017 to add details of his son Robert, identified through the 1871 Isle of Man Census return, and cross reference to a new page on his wife, Sarah Ann Kaye.

    By Geoff Dickinson (23/06/2017)

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