Parrott, Henry (1858-1936)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

HENRY PARROTT: born at Barton-on-Humber in 1858. He was accepted for the Ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church at the Conferference of 1887. He was sent at once to the North Camp (Aldershot) Mission as a soldiers’ missionary. Under his care the mission prospered and a beautiful church was built at Brookwood. He subsequently travelled at Pewsey, Malvern, Bow, Woodfalls, and Winchester. 

He was a forceful preacher and a strong man. In most of his circuits he was the champion of Free Church liberties; always a minister of Jesus Christ first, his love for his people thrust him into public service, and on the Board of Guardians and on Education Committees in rural districts he did valuable work. He retired in 1927 to Hereford, but he could not cease to serve. Crippled as he was in his later years, he continued to preach, often delivering his message from a seat in the pulpit. 

He passed away on September 20, 1936.


Henry was born in the spring of 1858 at Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire, to parents John, a sawyer (1871), and Susan. He was baptised on 16 May 1858 at St Peter, barton on Humber.

Before entering the ministry of the Church, Henry was a joiner and wheelwright (1881).

He served as a lay agent from 1887-1917.

He married Mary Ann Elizabeth Gelder (1858-1922) in late 1879 in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify six of eight children.

  • Tolsa Maud Letitia (b1880) – married John Bennett Mowat in 1905
  • Ethel Caroline (1884-1972) – married Arthur Tucker Couch in 1910
  • William Theodore John (1889-1961) – a journalist (1939)
  • Alva Sydney Havergal (1893-1961)— – a clothier’s assistant (1911); a book-keeper (1939)
  • Henry Frank (1896-1915) – an ironmonger’s apprentice (1911); died in WW1
  • Percy Norman (1898-1971) – a bank accountant (1939)

Henry died on 20 September 1936 at Hereford, Herefordshire..


  • 1917 Hackney
  • 1918 Woodfalls
  • 1920 Winchester
  • 1927 Hereford (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1937/187

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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