Kay, Peter (b1861)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917

Early years

Peter was born in 1861 at Leigh, Lancashire, to parents John and Mary. John worked as a warehouseman in a cotton mill.

Peter was a book-keeper in a cotton mill at the time of the 1881 census.


The sketch in the 1917 Primitive Methodist magazine records that Peter deliberately chose a ministry of service and devoted himself wholly to the circuits which called him. On most of his circuits he had to handle financial problems of considerable magnitude, and his administration of circuit affairs was marked by the common-sense to an uncommon degree that was perhaps his strongest characteristic.

The 1921 PM Conference Minutes identify that Peter was removed from the ministerial list. This suggests a disciplinary process rather than a simple resignation.


Peter married Ada Kate Seward Pearce (1864-1906) in the summer of 1889 at Southampton. Census records identify one child.

  • Robert Collier (b1891) – a commercial clerk (1911)

Peter married Eva Capper (b1879) in the summer of 1907 at Maidstone, Kent. Records identify three children.

  • Eva Dorothy (b1908)
  • John Harold (b1910)
  • Sheila Denise (b1916)

Eva and the three younger children emigrated to Australia leaving England on 19 October 1922.

I have not been able to identify what happened to Peter after he was removed from the PM Ministry.


  • 1885 Farringdon
  • 1887 Southampton
  • 1890 Guernsey
  • 1892 Tunstall
  • 1894 Bollington
  • 1897 Oswestry
  • 1900 Cardiff
  • 1903 Dover
  • 1909 Kentish Town
  • 1915 Clapham
  • 1919 Kingston
  • 1921 ceased


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/412

PM Minutes 1921

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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