Nume, Phillip (1856-1929)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

Phillip was born in 1856 at Bilston, Staffordshire to parents Phillip and Maryann. Phillip, senior, was a local preacher and class leader for many years and worked as a miner.


Phillip was one of the founders of the Social Service Union and was its Financial Secretary for a number of years.

His obituary records that probably Phillip’s most distinctive quality as a minister was his mastery of detail, which made him very useful and successful in administrative work. This natural bent gave him an urge to seek office, not from ambition, but from a desire for complete self-expression. No task was too irksome for his patience and careful attention in the matter of business. As a man he was affable and ever willing to use his experience to help younger ministers out of difficulty.


Phillip married Fanny Fern (1863-1932) in the summer of 1886 at Helmsley, Yorkshire. Fanny was the daughter of Wesleyan Minister, Rev William Fern. Census returns identify one daughter.

  • Sybil Fern (1887-1979) – married Wilfred Haddock, a headteacher (1911)

Phillip died on 6 February 1929 at Bilston, Staffordshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1877 St Austell
  • 1881 Leeds IV
  • 1883 Middleham
  • 1885 Helmsley
  • 1886 Malton
  • 1889 Bridlington
  • 1892 Hull IV
  • 1893 Hull V
  • 1896 Hull VI
  • 1899 Sheffield III
  • 1902 Sheffield V
  • 1907 Nottingham IV
  • 1911 Chester
  • 1912 Bootle
  • 1914 Liverpool
  • 1919 Withernsea
  • 1920 Leicester I
  • 1924 Bilston (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/295

PM Minutes 1929/280

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: In the 1877 Minutes of Conference the surname is spelt Neune. Leary lists his stationing at St Austell in 1877 under the name Nenne.

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