Parker, Charles (1817-1861)


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Parker is attached. He includes the following from Brother Joseph Foster, the Circuit steward of Ashby de la Zouch circuit, says “He was a real Primitive Methodist, a good disciplinarian, and an excellent superintendent minister; his talents were far above mediocrity. To all that would do right, he was a substantial friend; his moral character, as far as I am capable of judging, was without a stain. He was firmly attached to the temperance cause. He warned the drunkard, and on every opportunity, whether in the pulpit or out of it, cried down the sin. He was a powerful preacher; the lukewarm professor did not like his home strokes, for he brought out his thoughts in words that burned, and did not shun to declare the whole counsel of God.”


Charles was born in 1817 at Preston, Holderness, Yorkshire, to parents John and Sarah. He was baptised on 23 April 1817 at Preston by Hedon.

He married Jane Harvey Gordon (1820-1877) in the summer of 1843 in the Stepney Registration District, London.

Charles died on 12 March 1861 at Leicester, Leicestershire.

Jane married John Boden in the summer of 1862.


  • 1839 Hull
  • 1842 Canterbury
  • 1843 York
  • 1844 Grimsby
  • 1847 Brigg
  • 1848 Hull West
  • 1850 Scarborough
  • 1851 Pocklington
  • 1853 Driffield
  • 1856 Bridgeford
  • 1857 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1859 Leicester II


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862/65

PM Minutes 1861/6

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p417; p461 

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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  • See his letter on the danger of damp beds Primitive Methodist magazine (1854) page 97.

    By David Leese (08/09/2022)

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