Pearson, Albert (1882-1984)

Supplied by Chris Wells

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ALBERT PEARSON: born at Stourbridge Worcestershire on the 16th May 1882. He belonged to a Primitive Methodist family, began preaching at an early age, and worked as an engineer before being accepted as a candidate for the Primitive Methodist ministry. He entered Hartley College Manchester in 1908 and spent the rest of his probation in Faringdon and South Wales. He was ordained in 1915 and in the same year married his boyhood sweetheart Rosetta Bourne. He served in the following circuits: Penzance, Uttoxeter, Burton-on-Trent, Middleton (Manchester), Higher Openshaw, Chorley and then returned to Penzance to finish his ordained ministry where he had begun it. 

He retired in Penzance in 1951 and spent the rest of his life there. His wife died in 1968 after a long illness and after her death he was cared for by his daughter. He was a man who enjoyed life to the full. He loved music, gardening and all forms of sport, having been himself at one time a keen footballer and cricketer. He was a great reader and kept up his interest in books to the end of his life. He was a stirring preacher, but above all a great pastor. He loved his people and cared for them with great diligence and all who knew him fell under the spell of his great charm. 

He died at home, the oldest minister in the Connexion, on the 11th October 1984 in the one hundred and third year of his life and the seventy-fourth year of his ministry.


Albert was born on 16 May 1882 at Lye, nr Stourbridge, Worcestershire, to parents Elisha Pearson, an anvil maker (1881), and Hannah Holt.

The 1901 census return describes Albert a a ‘machinery man’.

He married Rosetta Bourne (1885-1968) in the summer of 1915 in the Stourbridge Registration District, Worcestershire. Birth Records identify one child.

  • Dorothy H M (b1917) – a teacher

Albert died on 11 October 1984 at Penzance, Cornwall.


  • Hartley
  • 1911 Farringdon
  • 1913 Cardiff II
  • 1914 Monmouth
  • 1915 Penzance
  • 1920 Ramsor
  • 1923 Burton on Trent III
  • 1927 Middleton, Lancs
  • 1935 Manchester Higher Openshaw
  • 1941 Chorley
  • 1946 Penzance Mt St
  • 1951 Penzance (S)


Methodist  Minutes 1985/83

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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