Openshaw, James (1809-1893)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859
Copy provided by Steven Carter

James was born on 29 October 1809 in Bury to parents John and Alice. He was baptised on 10 December 1809 at St Mary, Bury.


An extract from the notes of Sir J D Qualtrough, published on comments on James and his wife in relation to Castletown where they were leading spirits in building the chapel.

‘James Openshaw was a fine man of great energy and knowledge. He had a dramatic style of preaching. He used to tell how once when preaching on a call to Peter he dramatized the incident by shouting -“Peter – Peter”. A man at the back named Peter, who had been enjoying a quiet snooze suddenly awoke and jumped up saying “Aye, aye what are thar wantin now”.

Mrs Openshaw was a grand help person. Her favorite expression was “we must be up and doing”. No idle moment was allowed.‘


James married Margaret Qualtrough (abt1810-1905) on 6 August 1864 at Malew, Isle of Man.

James died on 2 June 1893 at Castletown, Isle of Man.


  • 1835 Burnley
  • 1836 Liverpool
  • 1837 Wrexham
  • 1838 Rochdale
  • 1840 Blackburn
  • 1841 Bradwell
  • 1843 Bolton
  • 1844 Bury
  • 1846 Douglas
  • 1847 Wrexham
  • 1848 Warrington
  • 1850 Preston
  • 1853 Manchester l
  • 1855 Bradwell
  • 1857 Rochdale
  • 1858 Lymm
  • 1861 Manchester ll
  • 1863 Castletown
  • 1865 Manchester lll
  • 1868 Liverpool ll
  • 1869 Peel
  • 1874 Douglas
  • 1876 Castletown (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859/65; 1894/865

PM Minutes 1893/24

The Primitive Methodist 1893/414

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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