Lightfoot, Isaac Henry (1873-1919)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by A.J.B.

REV. ISAAC H. LIGHTFOOT.—The passing of the Rev. Isaac H. Lightfoot, after many years of suffering, must have come as a happy release. He was born into a Wesleyan Methodist home forty-five years ago, at Dearham, Cumberland. By personal choice he, in early life, associated himself with our Church. In due course his name appeared upon the Circuit Plan, and subsequently he received a post as Hired Local Preacher. Possessing ‘gifts, grace and fruits,’ he was recommended for the ministry. To fit himself for the work he entered Hartley College, Manchester, where he had the usual period of training. 

On leaving college he was appointed by the following Conference to Whitehaven Circuit, where he spent two years of acceptable service. His after appointment was to Chipping Norton Station, where his health seriously broke down. This led to his superannuation in 1903, after travelling only three years. He is said to have been a young man of very studious habits, and it is thought by some that he over-taxed his strength with excessive study, and thus permanently undermined his constitution, though he was physically built on spacious lines. 

He gave promise of developing unusual powers as a preacher, and was welcomed as a pastor in the homes of the people. Had his health continued good he would undoubtedly have made his mark as a Circuit Minister, and his early breakdown was a serious loss to our Church. 

His death occurred at Carlisle, March 30th of the present year, and he was buried in Dearham Churchyard (Cockermouth Circuit) on April 3rd. Much sympathy is felt for his aged mother, who is a widow, and for the other members of his family.


Isaac was born in the summer of 1873 at Dearham, Cumberland, to parents John H Lightfoot, a coal miner, and Elizabeth Garner.

Isaac worked as a coal miner before entering the ministry (1891).

Sadly Isaac was superannuated following a mental breakdown in 1904 and was admitted to an Asylum in Carlisle on 11 August 1904 where he remained until his death.

Isaac died on 30 March 1919 at Carlisle, Cumberland.


  • 1900 Cleator Moor
  • 1902 Chipping Norton
  • 1903 Workington
  • 1904 Cockermouth (Sup)


PM Minutes 1919/276

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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