Longstaff, Christopher (1851-1914)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.E. (T. Elliott) is attached.He records: “ He was painstaking in all the details of circuit work. Preaching claimed his best efforts, for it was his joy to preach the good news to all. He read mostly along lines that helped to enrich his pulpit work; he fed his people with bread that cost him much labour.

As a pastor he excelled for his kindly disposition. His bright, cheerful manner made him welcome in the homes of the people. He had a wonderful memory, and never forgot a face he had seen. He loved all, and was beloved by all; full of sympathy for the weak and suffering.“


Christopher was born on 18 December 1851 at Grassington, Yorkshire, to parents Joseph Longstaff, a lead miner (1861), and Isabella Joy.

Before entering the ministry Christopher worked as a lead miner (1871).

He married Mary Anderson (1855-1918) in late 1880 in the Pocklington Registration District, Yorkshire.

Christopher died on 29 July 1914 at Darlington, Co. Durham.


  • Sunderland
  • 1876 Hetton
  • 1881 Shotley Bridge
  • 1884 Hartlepool
  • 1887 Brompton
  • 1893 Sheldon
  • 1897 Seaton Delaval
  • 1905 Cohoe
  • 1910 Darlington (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/911

PM Minutes 1915/33

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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