Moseley, Mark (1834-1893)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1890
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1890

Early years

Mark was born on 31 August 1834 at Shelley, nr Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Both parents were Primitive Methodists. The family moved to Clayton West where Mark became a Sunday School Scholar. In 1846 the family moved to Huddersfield. It was here that Mark received a personal blessing from Hugh Bourne. Mark gave himself to God at the age of 18. He soon became a local preacher and was recommended for ministry by the Otley circuit.

Mark received the foundations of his education at the Mechanics Institute, Huddersfield.


Whilst in Ireland Mark worked alongside Thomas Russell and Isaac Nullis. At Ulverston in the Lake District, Mark became superintendent of a new mission. His pioneering work grew into three circuits by 1890.

The 1890 biography records that Mark was an ardent worker in the Temperance Cause, and gave many lectures across the country.


Mark married Elizabeth Baggs  (1838-1885) on 13 July 1863 at Otley. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Eliza (b1864) – an English teacher (1891)
  • Mary (b1866) – an assistant confectioner (1891)
  • Frederick George (b1868)
  • Marcus (1870-1874)
  • Lilian (1871-1935) – a milliner
  • Arthur (b1873)
  • William (1873-1926) – a railway worker
  • Alfred (b1877)

Mark married Jane Simpson (1846-1919) in late 1886 at Howden, Yorkshire.

Mark died on 6 February 1893 at Belfast, Northern Ireland.


  • 1859 Motherwell &c
  • 1861 Glasgow
  • 1862 Ulverston
  • 1864 Spalding &c
  • 1865 Gloucester
  • 1867 Manchester lll
  • 1869 Holborn Hill
  • 1872 Hastings
  • 1874 Maldon
  • 1878 Braintree
  • 1880 Leeds V
  • 1883 Howden
  • 1886 Market Rasen
  • 1888 Glasgow
  • 1891 Belfast


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886/631 (Elizabeth); 1890/257; 1894/707

PM Minutes 1893/21

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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