Ryder, Amos (1872-1937)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927

Early years

Amos was born in 1872 at Seaham Harbour, to parents Joseph and Margaret. Joseph was a bottle maker.

Amos became a local preacher in 1893. The 1891 census return identifies Amos as a Bottle Maker’s Apprentice.


Amos spent his probation on the Missions, with the exception of one year at Burwell, Nottingham.

His obituary records that Amos knew that he was called to a service of sacrificial living and giving, and earnestly prepared himself for his task. As a preacher he knew that thought shaped conduct and he sought to correct the erroneous thinking of his people that he might lead them into Truth. He never lost sight of the main end of preaching and his converts witness to his success in each of his circuits. His pastoral work was systematically arranged, and his life was the carrying out in detail of what he regarded as a divine plan.


Amos married Elizabeth Jane Hall (1874-1960) in the summer of 1903 at Murton PM Chapel, Easington, Co. Durham. Census returns and birth records identify two children.

  • Margaret Thompson (1904-1977) – married George A Hughes in 1930
  • Jennie Hall (1911-1985)

Amos died on 15 February 1937 at Oldbury, Staffordshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1899 Ryde & Ventnor
  • 1900 Farnborough
  • 1901 Nottingham V
  • 1902 Porth
  • 1903 Boston
  • 1904 Lincoln II
  • 1908 Jarrow
  • 1912 Thornley
  • 1918 Cross Keys
  • 1921 Welshpool
  • 1924 Bilston
  • 1929 Hucknall
  • 1933 Whitehaven
  • 1935 Oldbury


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927/188

Methodist Minutes 1937/201

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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