Pickering, Fred (1863-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918

Early years

Fred was born in 1863 at Bridlington to parents Thomas and Rebecca. Thomas was a mariner.

The 1881 census records Fred working as a confectioner.

Fred was connected with the Anglican Church until the age of sixteen.


Fred did not have much time for committees. He once wrote that he regarded committees as amongst the major ills of life, and only attended them when he was necessitated.

Fred held the unique position of being the only minister who had personal knowledge of all the PM mission fields in Africa.

Whilst in San Carlos, Fred experienced much opposition from the Roman Catholics.

His obituary records that as a missionary pioneer he had no superior; as a circuit minister he was held in the highest esteem. As a preacher he seldom failed to reach the heart of his congregations. To know him was to respect him; to know him better was to love him.


Fred’s first wife died at Manzula circa 1897.

  • Frederick Carlos (1892-1970) – a chemist

Fred married Eugenie (b abt 1862) circa 1899 in Africa. Eugenie was born in Germany.

Fred died on 17 December 1935 at Whitby, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1887 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1888 Docking
  • 1891 Crewe
  • 1892 St Isabel
  • 1893 San Carlos Bay
  • 1894 Ellesmere Port
  • 1895 Mashakulumland
  • 1896 Manzula
  • 1898 Zambesi
  • 1901 to England
  • 1902 Brigg
  • 1903 Shotley Bridge
  • 1905 Aliwal N
  • 1910 Mission House
  • 1911 Leeds IX
  • 1912 Shipley
  • 1916 Stanley
  • 1922 Castletown
  • 1925 Liverpool III
  • 1926 Nelson & Caerphilly
  • 1927 Hereford (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/709

Methodist Minutes 1936/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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