Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference
ALEXANDER McDONALD: who died on 11th March, 1973 in the ninety-first year of his age and the sixty-fifth of his ministry served in the following circuits: Halstead and Great Bardfield, Dover and Deal, Crewe, Blackburn, Wigton, Durham, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Crewe, Berwick-on-Tweed and Pickering (West).
Alexander was born on 19 December 1882 at Sherburn Hill, Co. Durham, parents Hugh, a police constable (1881) and died in 1888, and Agnes, baking powder packer (1891).
The 1901 census records Alexander working in a coal mine.
He married Elizabeth Ethel Watson (1889-1944) in the summer of 1912 in the Houghton Le Spring Registration District, Co. Durham. Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Jameson Watson. Birth records identify three children.
- Muriel Norma (1913-1972) – a school teacher (1939); married Wilfrid Phillipson in 1947
- Donald Andrew (1915-1993)
- Agnes Irene (1916-2011) – state registered nurse (1939); married Richard G Salkeld in 1945
Alexander died on 11 March 1973 Crossways Green, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
- 1908 Halstead &c
- 1910 Dover & Deal
- 1912 Crewe II
- 1915 Blackburn III
- 1919 Wigton
- 1923 Durham
- 1928 Middleton in Teesdale
- 1933 Crewe
- 1937 Berwick
- 1944 Pickering W
- 1949 Barnard Castle (S)
Methodist Minutes 1974/146
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers