A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Mitchell is attached. He records the following: “ He had a fine sense of honour and self-respect, he was transparent, true, and above the suspicion of anything low or mean. Withal he had a keen relish for the humorous side of life—held somewhat in check perhaps by his bodily indisposition—but highly appreciated by those admitted to the inner circle of his friendship. His intelligence, his heartiness and wide social sympathies, his quiet touches of humour, left behind wholesome and pleasant memories in the social circle.
As a preacher he was far above the average. His style was, perhaps, better fitted to convince and rouse than to melt or soothe, yet to many he was a veritable son of consolation. His discourses were carefully prepared and effectively delivered, and but for the drawback of his weak physical constitution, he would have taken a much more prominent position in the Connexion.
He was a good pastor. He gave himself to the service of the sick especially, with the most unselfish and generous devotion.“
James was born on 14 February 1841 at Walkden, Lancashire, to parents Thomas, a collier (1841), and Mary.
The 1861 census records James as a PM preacher at Skipton, Yorkshire.
He married Mary Stonier Leigh (1845-1871) on 5 July 1866 in the Ecclesall Bierlow Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.
- Annie Augusta (1867-1953) – a retired companion (1939)
- Corney Thomas (1870-1887)
He married Hannah Cooke (1840-1920) in the spring of 1874 in the Louth Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one of three children.
- Edith Mary (b1876)
James died on 24 April 1892 at Haslingden, Lancashire.
- 1862 Barnsley
- 1863 Otley
- 1865 Leeds I
- 1867 Bradford II
- 1869 Hoyland
- 1871 Torquay
- 1873 Dublin
- 1875 Cardiff
- 1878 Bristol I
- 1882 Hammersmith
- 1885 Maidenhead
- 1889 Haslingden
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1893/565
PM Minutes 1892/15
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers