Pickles, Jeremiah (1841-1913)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J Learmouth is attached. He writes as follows.

“As a preacher he had native eloquence and a fervent spirit. He possessed an intimate knowledge of the scriptures, and his sermons were full of Biblical references and quotations. His conduct of public worship was marked by great reverence. His prayers, too, revealed a close acquaintance with the devotional portions of the Old and New Testaments. As a student he enjoyed the perusal of ancient and modern history, both sacred and secular. He had a marvellous memory for dates, and was specially accurate in details. He possessed considerable knowledge of Methodist history.”


Jeremiah was born on 28 November 1841 at Trawden, Lancashire, to parents David and Alice. His mother died whilst he was in infancy and as a consequence he was brought up by his grandmother.

Before entering the ministry Jeremiah worked as a green grocer (1861).

He married Anna Maria Carter (1846-1938) in the summer 1872 at Sandbach, Cheshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Eleanor Maria (b1873) – a telegraph clerk (1901); married William Henry Lord, a bookseller, in 1902
  • Alice Margaret (1874-1963) – a milliner (1911); married Cornelius Harries, a tailor, in 1915; married John Nowak in 1927
  • Gertrude Jane (1876-1945) – mantle shop manageress (1901); married William Hodgson, a works manager in weighing machine manufacture (1911), in 1906
  • Florence Maud (1878-1940) – a telegraphist in Post Office (1911); suffered with mental illness
  • Ethelbert Carter (abt1880-1933) — a Wesleyan minister
  • Beatrice Emily (1883-1963) – married Ernest William Meller, a surveyor, in 1910

Jeremiah died on 8 June 1913 at Hertford, Hertfordshire.


  • 1862 Plymouth
  • 1863 Exeter & Exmouth
  • 1864 Yeovil & Sherborne
  • 1865 not shown
  • 1869 Sandbach
  • 1870 Bishops Castle
  • 1871 Hay
  • 1873 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1875 Macclesfield
  • 1878 Hadnall
  • 1879 Market Drayton
  • 1882 Weymouth
  • 1885 Bathh II
  • 1886 Pontypridd
  • 1888 Macclesfield
  • 1891 Winster
  • 1893 Abergavenny
  • 1896 Rhondda I
  • 1899 Manchester V (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/830

PM Minutes 1913/36

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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