Pickett, Henry John (1860-1931)
Henry was born on 15 January 1860 at Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire 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). Brothers James and Frederick were also PM Ministers.
Henry made his first attempts at preaching whilst at Gloucester where his was engaged in business.
Henry spent a long period at Northampton where he also took a prominent share in public affairs. For three years he was a member of the School Board; he took an active part in the local Sunday School Union and Free Church Council.
In 1913, Henry became Principle of Hartley College, a role he held for ten years. He then served five years as Vice-Principle. After retirement he continued to lecture at the college for a further three years.
In 1922 Henry was elected as President-Designate of Conference. However recurring illness caused him to relinquish the honour.
Henry authored the following.
The Hebrew Prophet and the Modern Preacher, 1922 – Hartley Lecture
Henry married Mary Ann Morris (1864-1939) in the summer of 1887 at Soham, Cambridgeshire.
Henry died on 22 November 1931 at Whalley Range, Manchester, Lancashire.
- 1883 Norwich
- 1886 Darlaston
- 1888 Leicester II
- 1893 Hull I
- 1898 Northampton II
- 1911 Liverpool
- 1913 College principle
- 1928 Manchester (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/739; 1916/210; 1932/311
PM Minutes 1932/328
B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p220
R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p173
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers