Milson, Parkinson (1825-1892)
Parkinson was born on 6 November 1825 at Broughton, Lincolnshire to parents Edward Milson and Hannah Dunn. He was baptised on 18 December 1825 at Broughton. His parents sent him to the Church Sunday School.
Although deemed to be a respectable citizen, Parkinson’s father, an agricultural labourer, was a drunkard.
Parkinson was converted in July 1843 at a prayer meeting in the house of William Neal at Broughton. He went on the plan soon after his conversion. Parkinson worked as a woodman before entering the ministry.
Both William Garner and John Bywater encouraged Parkinson to enter the ministry, however, his natural modesty held him back. Following a narrow escape from death when a large oak tree fell on him, Parkinson vowed to follow God’s calling and entered the ministry.
Parkinson was a prolific writer in his journals, which run to some 20 volumes. These have been summarised in the book written by Shaw about his life.
Parkinson authored the following.
Salem’s harp: being hymns and poems on miscellaneous subjects , 1863
Parkinson married Jane Southern (1827-1917) at Sculcoates, in the spring of 1851. Census returns identify four children. The 1911 census reveals that Jane had six children in total.
- Jane Parkinson (1855-1938) – married Henry Kirk, a PM Minister
- Clowes Garner (1857-1931) – a PM Minister
- Priscilla Southern (1862-1921)
- Enoch George E (1868-1909) – a PM evangelist
Parkinson died on 19 November 1892 at Hull, Yorkshire.
- 1847 Hull
- 1849 Grimsby
- 1851 London l
- 1853 Louth
- 1855 Hull l
- 1857 Brigg
- 1859 Grimsby
- 1861 Epworth
- 1864 Selby
- 1867 Filey
- 1869 Hull ll
- 1871 Hull lll
- 1873 Grimsby l
- 1877 Scarborough
- 1880 Sheffield lll
- 1884 Bridlington
- 1886 Hull ll
- 1890 Hull (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876 (portrait); 1913/689
PM Minutes 1893/22
The Primitive Methodist, 1892, p788; 1893 p70
B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p62
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p421, p422, p426; vol 2, p260, p363, p462
G Shaw, Life of Parkinson Milson, 1893
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers