Pickering, Matthew Tulip (1865-1921)
Matthew was born on 8 October 1865 at Winlaton on Tyne to parents Matthew Tulip Pickering and Mary. When he was ten years old the family moved to New Delaval, nr Blyth. His father was a local preacher for fifty years, the Steward of the Blyth circuit and a popular County Councillor in Northumberland.
Matthew became a member of the Church when he was fourteen. He began his career as a draughtsman and extended his education by attending science and art classes and University Extension lectures.
Matthew served as District Secretary for the Building and Orphanage Committees.
He became Connexional Book Steward in 1920.
His obituary records that Matthew was a fine preacher. The evangelical faith possessed his heart. As a pastor he was ever faithful. It was no trouble to him to go from house to house. He shared his people’s lives; he could rejoice with the glad and feel with the sad. He was exceedingly conscientious in the administration of his circuits and churches. Nothing was trivial to him.
Matthew married Elizabeth Ann Mossop (1876-1959) in the summer of 1895 at Maryport, Cumberland. Census returns identify two children.
- Norman (1897-1902)
- Matthew Mossop (1902-1972) – a company secretary (1959)
Matthew died on 22 April 1921 at Clapham Common, Surrey.
- 1888 Ludlow
- 1890 Maryport
- 1893 Hexham
- 1895 Blyth
- 1901 Jarrow
- 1905 S Shields
- 1912 Birkenhead
- 1916 Leeds IX
- 1920 Book Steward
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/486; 1920/545; 1921/539;
PM Minutes 1921/266
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers