Morton, Adam (1849-1924)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Early years

Adam was born in 1849 at Bradwell, Derbyshire, to parents Thomas and Betty. His father was a lead miner. Adam was distantly related to Rev John Morton.

Adam passed through the Bradwell Sunday School as a scholar and teacher, being converted when about fourteen years of age under the ministry of Rev D.T. Maylott. Showing an aptitude for public speaking he was placed on the preachers’ plan.


As a preacher, Adam was clear, practical and deeply spiritual. He was thoroughly evangelical, and never failed to prominently set forth Christ as the Saviour of men. His sermons invariably contained tender and consolatory messages, which weary, burdened hearts found most helpful. His preaching reflected his own warm heart and sympathetic nature.

After superannuation, Adam settled at Wallasey, joining the church at Seacombe.


Adam married Mary Ellen Stock (1856-1926) in early 1877 at Manchester, Lancashire. Census returns identify four of seven children.

  • Constance Ethel (1880-1883)
  • Vernon (1882-1947) – an insurance clerk (1911)
  • Marion (1886-1955) – married John Winterbottom in 1913
  • Harold (b1887) – a bank clerk (1911)

Adam died on 4 May 1924 at Wallasey, Cheshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1872 Manchester II
  • 1874 Stockport II
  • 1877 Manchester IV
  • 1880 Bury
  • 1881 Marple
  • 1884 Stalybridge
  • 1885 Marple
  • 1886 Stalybridge
  • 1889 Stockport I
  • 1892 Sheffield I
  • 1895 Stockport II
  • 1901 Middleton
  • 1910 Hastings
  • 1912 New Brighton (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/297; 1924/656

PM Minutes 1924/276

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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