Parsons, Emmanuel (1864-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.W. King is attached.

Emmanuel trained as an evangelist at Joseph Odell’s evangelists’ home, Birmingham. He travelled as an evangelist for several years and finally went to Australia, where he was recruited into the PM ministry.

King sums Emmanuel upon as follows: “Mr. Parsons was a good man, and a faithful minister of Jesus Christ. The outstanding feature of his life was his zeal for souls, and in every circuit he had the joy of leading large numbers into the light and liberty of the children of God. His sermons were entirely of the evangelical order, and always delivered in the persuasive style. By close attention to the pastoral side of the ministry, as well as by a sunny and cheerful temperament, he endeared himself to the people in all his circuits. By his decease the Church has lost a devoted minister, an evangelist of a high order, a diligent pastor, and one who did a good day’s work.”


Emmanuel was born in 1864 at Gorsty Hill, nr Halesowen, Staffordshire, to parents Joseph, a glass tube welder (1881), and Hannah.

The 1881 census return records Emmanuel as a glass tube screwer.

He married Jessie Brown (1865-1919) of Sunderland in 1894 at Melbourne, Australia. Census returns and birth records identify four children.

  • William Victor Emmanuel (1895-1981)  – a PM minister; emigrated to USA in 1921 where he became a Congregational minister
  • Byron Brown (1896-1896)
  • Emma Brown (1897-1898)
  • Jessie Brown (1904-2000) – emigrated to USA in 1921; a life assurance clerk (1930); married Clever L Mylander, a lawyer (1940)                         

Emmanuel died on 23 Feb 1919 at Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham.


  • 1890 Melbourne I – Australia
  • 1892 Melbourne IV
  • 1895 Caniambu
  • 1896 Hamilton
  • 1899 Ballarat II
  • 1902 Brinkworth – UK
  • 1904 Leamington Spa
  • 1906 Brierley Hill
  • 1910 Tipton
  • 1914 Wootton Basset
  • 1918 Seaham Harbour


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/581

PM Minutes 1919/282

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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