Pilling, Jacob (1841-1904)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902

Early years

Jacob was born in 1841 in Bacup, Lancashire. His father, James, was a plasterer.

Jacob lived with his grandmother as a child. He attended the Baptist Church and Sunday school. Revival occurred in Bacup when the evangelist, Richard Weaver visited the town. Jacob attended PM pray meetings, which were held in cottages and to which the factory lads and lasses thronged. The householder, where Jacob was converted, was a class leader and he gathered the new converts into his class. Thus Jacob became a Primitive Methodist. He soon found work in the Sunday school, Band of Hope, and Open-air Mission. He developed into an acceptable local preacher and was recommended for ministry.


Jacob’s obituary records that his bright cheerful spirit made him a most welcome visitor to the homes of the people. All the ministers he travelled with testified to his kindly nature and truly Christian spirit.


Jacob married Amelia Langham (1847-1929) in the summer of 1870 at Luton, Bedfordshire. Amelia was the daughter of Rev James Langham. Census returns identify four children.

  • Annie Maude (1872-1959) – a teacher; married Edward Eades Jobling, a PM Minister
  • Wilfred James (1878-1952) – a journalist
  • Archibald (1879-1945) – a commercial traveller (1911); later a builders merchant
  • Constance Alice (1886-1972) – married Harry W Chandler

Jacob died on 8 February 1904 at Margate, Kent.


  • 1866 Bedford
  • 1867 Newport, IoW
  • 1868 Luton
  • 1870 Hastings
  • 1872 Ashford
  • 1874 Kingston
  • 1875 Exeter
  • 1877 Falmouth
  • 1879 Truro
  • 1880 Berkhamstead
  • 1884 Bedford
  • 1888 Foxhill Bank
  • 1891 Rugby
  • 1896 Peterborough I
  • 1899 Haverhill
  • 1901 Margate


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/723;1905/71

PM Minutes 1904/30

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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  • This page was modified on 24 February 2018 to add a transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905.

    By Geoff Dickinson (24/02/2018)

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