Moore, Daniel (1835-1902)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1890
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904

Early years

Daniel was born on 2 August 1835 at Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire. Both parents were Primitive Methodists.

Daniel was one of a large family and was sent out to work aged 8. His father died in 1851 after an illness lasting some seven years.

Daniel made his decision for Christ in 1850 under the ministry of Henry Woodcock. In the spring of 1853 he went on the plan as an exhorter. In October 1858, Daniel was induced to enter the itineracy.


In his first appointment at Barnsley, with Rev Robert Smith, there was an increase from 372 to 680 members. Daniel became superintendent in 1870 at the Knaresborough and Harrogate station. At York Daniel had a serious breakdown of health. On doctor’s advice subsequent appointments were in the south of England.

The 1890 biography describes Daniel as a plodder. All along he has felt the disadvantage of limited schooling. His is not the literary nor oratorical mind. But whatever defect of brilliancy there may be, it is more than compensated by his practical usefulness.


Daniel married Alice Thompson Spoor (1846-1879), daughter of Rev Joseph Spoor, in the summer of 1864 at Durham. Records returns identify eight children.

  • Catherine Ann (1865-1879)
  • Joseph William (1867-1925) – emigrated to New Zealand
  • Fanny (1868-1869)
  • Emma (b1870) – a mother’s help in 1891
  • Elizabeth Jane (1872-1954) – married Horace Charles Manning, a miller
  • George (1873-1929) – a commercial clerk
  • James Arthur (b1875)
  • Henry Stephenson Lumley (1879-1946) – a grocer

Daniel married Elizabeth Cherry (b 1845) in early 1882 at Halifax, Yorkshire. Records identify one child.

  • Kate Annie (1883-1951) – married Ernest Luckhurst, a carpenter

Daniel died on 24 October 1902 at Whitstable, Kent and was buried at Canterbury, Kent.


  • 1860 Barnsley
  • 1861 Middleham
  • 1862 Garsdale
  • 1863 Malton
  • 1864 Dewsbury
  • 1866 Silsden
  • 1868 Pickering
  • 1870 Knaresborough
  • 1873 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1876 Rosedale
  • 1879 Scholes
  • 1882 Malton
  • 1884 Leeds lX
  • 1885 York l
  • 1889 Walworth
  • 1892 Sudbury
  • 1897 Canterbury
  • 1901 Sittingbourne
  • 1902 Whitstable (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1890/129; 1904/65

PM Minutes 1903/25

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p450

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 6 December 2017 to add a transcription of Daniel’s obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904.

    By Geoff Dickinson (06/12/2017)
  • The Reverend Joseph Spoor was my 3rd Great grandfather! I’m so enjoying the discovery process!

    By Susan Olsen (06/04/2015)
  • Donna, Thank you for your comment. The only additional information I can think of is for you to look at the articles in the Primitive Methodist Magazine yourself. I have only briefly summarised their content.

    By Geoff Dickinson (14/03/2014)
  • This is my great-great grandfather, I am a descendant of his son, Joseph William who came to New Zealand. Is there any further information available about him? Thank you so much for this – we have a copy of a copy and it is not clear.

    By Donna Gush (12/03/2014)

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