Morgan, Francis James (1843-1920)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Ministry

A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Joseph Maland is attached. He writes of his ministry as follows.

“Francis Morgan was known everywhere as a man of marked individuality, and recognised as one who was ever striving to be true to himself, and as a consequence, he was always true to others. He had a happy habit of always seeing the best in people, and drawing forth whatever was good in them. He possessed in a rare degree the power of helping people to be what he expected them to be—this was especially true of his tender, stimulating relationship with his young people, troops of whom looked to him as counsellor and friend. All his work was done quietly, unobtrusively, without noise or parade, and all was done with care—as a duty from God to be done in harmony with His will and purpose, for in all his service he saw the hand divine. He always left his circuits better than he found them, and was held in high esteem by all who could appreciate faithful, loving, humble service for the Master, done in simplicity and singleness of heart.”

Family

Francis was born in the spring of 1843 at Derby, Derbyshire, to parents Thomas Morgan, a PM minister and  Margaret Dinwoody. He was baptised by William Clowes.

Before entering the ministry, Francis worked as a saw smith (1861).

He married Emily Wayne (1842-1923) in late 1872 at Belper PM Chapel, Derbyshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • John Jenkyns (b1873) – a timber merchant’s clerk (1901)
  • Margaret Emily (1875-1893)           
  • Edith Ann (1876-1948) – a schoolmistress (1911)
  • Emily (1878-1965) – a music teacher (1901)
  • Thomas Davies (b1879)          
  • Francis William (1883-1963) – a school master (1911)        
  • Sarah Elizabeth (1884-1949) – a school teacher (1901); married John Joseph Parlow, a PM minister, in 1912

Francis died on 16 January 1920 at Rotherham, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • Elmfield
  • 1866 Horncastle
  • 1867 Sleaford
  • 1869 Belper
  • 1871 Mansfield
  • 1873 Leicester I
  • 1875 Winster
  • 1878 Sheffield III
  • 1880 Hinckley
  • 1883 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1885 Banbury
  • 1887 Donington
  • 1890 Swinefleet
  • 1893 Barton on Humber
  • 1896 Alford
  • 1899 Howden
  • 1901 Castletown
  • 1905 Market Drayton
  • 1908 Market Drayton (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/137

PM Minutes 1920/261

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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