Middleton, James (1852-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

James was born in 1852 at New Mills, Derbyshire.


James travelled in many industrial centres in the South Wales District, where strike and lockout were somewhat frequent events. James was able to provide guidance to societies in those times of unrest and assist in relief work for the most urgent situations.

His obituary records that in the grim days of the war, James was a tower of strength to the anxious and the bereaved. Of a sunny and trustful temperament, he often said, ‘the best is yet to be.’

James spent some time serving on the Probationer’s Examining Committee.


James married Hannah Maria Walch (1848-1929) in the summer of  1883 in the Prestwich Registration District. Census returns identify one child.

  • Elizabeth (1885-1940) – a teacher

James died on 8 December 1935 at Mortimer, nr Reading, Berkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1878 Stockport I
  • 1879 Stalybridge
  • 1880 Oldham II
  • 1883 Monmouth
  • 1884 Redruth
  • 1886 Frome
  • 1889 Brynmawr
  • 1890 Abertillery
  • 1894 Winchester
  • 1896 Mountain Ash
  • 1899 Lydney
  • 1904 Cirencester
  • 1908 Cardiff
  • 1909 Keighley
  • 1911 Brynmawr
  • 1913 Wallingford
  • 1915 Silchester
  • 1920 Silchester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/842

Methodist Minutes 1936/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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