Pickett, Henry John (1860-1931)

Rev H J Pickett, c1904
Englesea Brook Museum 10.04
Rev H J Pickett
Englesea Brook Museum 30i/01
Mrs H J Pickett
Englesea Brook Museum 30j/01
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1932
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
postcard sent by M A Pickett, postmarked 1926
Englesea Brook Museum 30h/01

Early years

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.


  • Hartley
  • 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


Comments about this page

  • Russell Pickett  contact rosscopickett@gmail.com

    By Russell Pickett (18/01/2018)
  • I too am direct descendent of John Henry Pickett. Would you be prepared to share the info you have of his ancestry? I live in Australia presently. Best regards

    By Christopher John Clements (15/01/2018)
  • Very  interesting  to find pictures of my  great great grandfather and uncles. 

    I have a copy of Issac Moses  family tree.   

    By Russell Piickett (22/07/2017)
  • Just chanced upon your site and thrilled to find information and photographs of my Pickett ancestors.  I am descended from another branch of the family. Thank you so much

    By Diane Lawrence (15/11/2014)

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