Pettler, Charles (1859-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917

Early years

Charles was born on 18 June 1859 at Gayles, nr Richmond, Yorkshire.

Charles was educated at Kirkby Ravensworth Grammar School. He joined the PM Church in 1878 under the influence of Rev Henry Jones, and soon became a local preacher.

Attendance at College was not possible for Charles due to the changeover between Sunderland and Manchester. Before embarking on circuit life in Buckingham, Charles conducted very successful missions at Stokesley and Hexham under the direction of the Missionary Committee.


His obituary records that Charles was first of all an evangelist, and nothing gave him greater delight than to witness the conversion of souls. He was successful in this, as evidenced by revivals in Northallerton and West Hartlepool.

Charles built chapels at Stony Stratford, Kendal, East Cowton, West Hartlepool and Seaham Harbour.

Charles served as Carlisle District Building Committee Secretary and Darlington District Orphanage Committee Secretary.


Charles married Elizabeth Ann Matthews (abt1861-1893) in the summer of 1889 at Winslow, Buckinghamshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Lily Cowling (1890-1896)
  • Edwin Matthews (1892-1917) – a ministerial student (1911); emigrated to Canada in 1914; killed in action in WW1 as a Canadian soldier

Charles married Sarah Anne Priestley  (1871-1936) in the summer of 1894 at Depwade, Norfolk. Sarah Anne was the daughter of Rev Charles Priestley. Census returns identify two children.

  • Lily (1896-1977) – married Launcelot William Trotter in 1921
  • Gertrude Irene (1901-1988) – married Robert Dawson in 1926

Charles died on 15 March 1918 at Middleton in Teesdale, Co Durham.


  • 1886 Buckingham
  • 1890 Hexham
  • 1893 Allendale
  • 1897 Kendal
  • 1901 Northallerton
  • 1904 W Hartlepool
  • 1907 Seaham Harbour
  • 1910 Eston
  • 1914 Middleton in Teesdale


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/434; 1917/190; 1918/658

PM Minutes 1918/274

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • Rev. Charles Pettler  was my Great Uncle on my Father’s side.

    His son , Edwin Mathew died @ the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France.

    Thank you for this valuable info.

    By Margaret Pettler (24/05/2015)

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