Pickett, Frederick (1855-1934)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

Frederick was born on 20 October 1855 at Wootton Bassett to parents Moses and Sarah. Moses worked as an agricultural labourer carter (1851), a labourer at a brewery (1861) and later as a grocer’s porter (1871).

At the time of the 1871 census, Frederick worked as a grocer’s porter.

Frederick joined the Wootton Bassett Society in 1873 and then moved to London in 1874 in pursuit of business advancement. As a local preacher in the Stepney Green circuit he was recommended for ministry.

Two of Fredrick’s brothers also became PM Ministers.


His obituary records that Frederick was a wide reader and a clear thinker, he was a forceful expositor of the great evangelical truths. He was loved for his kindliness and consistency, and his through goodness of heart and disposition.

Frederick served in various district secretarial positions including Sunday School, Missionary, Equalisation Fund and Local Preachers’ Training Council. He served on the General Missionary Committee for eight years and spent a total of fifteen years on the General Committee, in several terms.

Whilst serving as secretary of the London Primitive Methodist Council, Frederick initiated and carried through a plan for assisting PM members moving to London to find the nearest PM Church. This enabled ministers to be notified of newcomers into their stations and enabled early visits, often resulting in improved retention of members on removal.

On retirement in Leicester, Frederick served as Free Church Hospital Chaplain.


Frederick married Elizabeth Brewer (1856-46) in the summer of 1884 at Buckingham, Buckinghamshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Kathleen Fredrica (1888-1971) – a schoolteacher
  • Frederick Ewart (1892-1966) – a shipping office clerk (1911); later an insurance manager (1946)

Frederick died on 6 July 1934 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


  • 1881 Buckingham
  • 1882 St Neots
  • 1884 Balham & Clapham
  • 1886 Reading
  • 1889 Leicester I
  • 1893 Croydon
  • 1897 Beverley
  • 1900 Wandsworth
  • 1902 Poplar
  • 1905 Plumstead
  • 1909 Enfield
  • 1913 Harrow
  • 1916 Church Gresley
  • 1920 Lymm
  • 1923 Leicester (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/378

Methodist Minutes 1934/224

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Hello Russell, I left a message on your landline re Moses Pickett’s Bible (my Dad’s gr grandfather). My email address is: barberfran03@gmail.com


    By Fran Barber (28/07/2017)
  • Hi. I found in an attic, in Worcester, an old family bible (dated pre 1850) which was “presented to Moses Pickett by a dear Mother” an address follows but is difficult to read “18 or 78 Thinb—?  Rd, Everton Liverpool.

    The Bible was past down the family in 1850 and later on Sept 18th 1853. After that  - no more clues

    The bible is leather bound and in good condition. Printed by CASSELL, PETTER and GALPIN  and ‘illustrated with more than nine hundred highly finished engravings’ Would it be of any interest to any ancestors of the Pickett family?


    If so please contact me: 07971 119086

    By RUSSELL NEEDHAM (27/07/2017)

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