Prest, Frederick (1847-1883)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John B Rayner is attached. Rayner writes; “ Frederick Prest was a pious, zealous, conscientious, and successful minister of Jesus Christ, an affectionate husband, a kind father, and a dutiful son. He was highly respected in his circuits, and in some of them his name is as ointment poured forth. His ministerial life was short, his affliction severe and protracted, but he nobly maintained his fidelity, died in triumph, and now rests from his labours.”


Frederick was born on 30 November 1847 at Sheriff Hutton, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Prest, a shoemaker, and Martha Harrison. He was baptised on 16 December 1847 at Sheriff Hutton.

Frederick trained and worked as a shoemaker before he entered the ministry.

He married Susanna Smith (abt1842-1932) in the summer of 1873 in the Easingwold Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Annie (1875-1950) – married John George Dodsworth, a grocer’s clerk (1901), in 1898
  • Alice Tomlinson (1878-1951) – a scholar at Alresford Orphan Home (1891); married Herbert George Binks, a merchant tailor & outfitter (1901), in 1900

Frederick died on 14 October 1883 at York, Yorkshire.

Annie ran a lodging house in York until she moved to live with Annie and her husband after Frederick died.


  • 1869 Penrith
  • 1871 Preston
  • 1873 Stalybridge
  • 1877 St Ives
  • 1879 Leicester II
  • 1881 York I


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1884/114

PM Minutes 1884/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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