Medland, James (1844-1880)


James was born abt1844 at Thrustleton, Devon, to parents Samuel, a quarry labourer (1851), and Lucretia..

Before entering the ministry James was a farmer’s carter (1861).

He married Mary Jane Trenwith (1843-1903) in the spring of 1872 in the Stoke Damerel Registration District, Devon. Census returns and Birth records identify six children.

  • Amelia Lucretia (1873-1946) – married Richard Edwin Charley Luscombe in 1911
  • Edith Florence (abt1875-1962) – a pupil teacher (1891); married George Caines, a quarry manager (1911), in 1898
  • Ernest (1876-1876)
  • Maud Mary (1877-1878)
  • Mary (1879-1966) – married Jim Vanstone, Chief Petty Officer, RN (1911), in 1903
  • Lily Maud (1880-1972) – a school teacher (1901); married Francis Ward Spencer between 1906 and 1910 at Amoy, China

James died on 22 January 1880 at Cawsand, Cornwall. His probate record continues to refer to him as a dissenting minister. I have not been able to identify which denomination he transferred to after leaving the PM ministry.


  • 1868 Pembroke Dock
  • 1870 Abergavenny
  • 1872 Falmouth
  • 1873 Torquay
  • 1875 Brighton
  • 1877 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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