Proctor, Albert Edward (1863-1946)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928

Early years

Albert was born in 1863 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Albert was given his note to preach when aged thirteen and became a full local preacher at seventeen.


Albert was a preacher of great power; never dealing in solemn trifles, but always disbursing Christ’s unsearchable riches. A great missionary enthusiast, he invariably increased the revenue on his stations.

Albert fulfilled the roles of District Missionary and Christian Endeavour Secretary.

His obituary records that Albert was known for his Yorkshire humour, and was a contributor to Connexional magazines. His poems were often published, one on the death of King Edward VII being widely read. He was also a lover of music, and was one of the original members of Dr Coward’s Choir in Sheffield.


Albert married Sarah Ellen Hardy (1864-1927) in the summer of 1891 at John Street Church, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Rev John Gair officiated. Census returns identify two of four children.

  • Nellie Stretton (1893-1971) – married William Walley in 1916
  • Lilian Victoria Epworth (b1897) – married Richard S Colbourn in 1922.

Albert died on 4 January 1946 at Bognor Regis, Sussex.


  • 1887 Leintwardine
  • 1888 Bromsgrove
  • 1891 Church Stretton
  • 1894 Rotherham
  • 1897 Epworth
  • 1901 Bridlington
  • 1904 Bristol II
  • 1907 Sutton & Kirby
  • 1910 Epworth
  • 1913 Biddulph
  • 1916 Shrewsbury
  • 1918 Bury II
  • 1920 Scholes
  • 1921 Briston
  • 1924 Diss
  • 1926 Worthing (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/338; 1928/246 (Sarah)

Methodist Minutes 1946/136

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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