Rudd, Francis (1835-1912)
Francis was born on 6 January 1835 at Middleton on Wolds, Yorkshire to parents Francis Rudd and Elizabeth Smith.
Francis was converted whilst young and was soon called to preach. Prior to joining the ministry Francis trained as a tailor.
His ministry was predominantly in the Hull District. His obituary records a net gain of over 600 members on his stations and successful direction of many chapel building enterprises.
Following superannuation, Francis was the Centenary Treasurer for the Hull Fifth station and in the new chapel at Hessle he took a deep and generous interest.
Francis was Secretary of Conference in 1894. He was made a Permanent Member of Conference in 1911. Francis also spent some years as Treasurer of the Ministers Friendly Society.
Francis was wholly devoted to his work. To be in a real revival was a positive luxury. A prayer meeting full of power, a class meeting all alive, a sermon full of the gospel grace were to him rich benedictions. He never wandered far from the Cross.
There was a perennial freshness in his message. His preaching was of the expository kind. He never tired of creating new sermons. He never gave his hearers ‘mouldy bread’, nor did he bring into the sanctuary ‘unbeaten oil’. Brain-sweat and heart-sweat went into his preaching.
Francis married Rebecca Hannah Simpson (1836-1863) on 11 December 1860 at Driffield, Yorkshire.
Francis married Jessemine Robinson (1842-1904) on 7 February 1865 at Hull, Yorkshire. Records identify seven children.
- Eva Jessemine (1866-1911) – married John Enoch Wilkinson, a decorator
- Francis Edward (1868-1938) – a watchmaker
- Alice Emily (1872-1941) – a milliner
- Ada Marion (1875-1935)
- Florence Lillian (1880-1956) – a schoolteacher
- Frederick Harold (1881-1881)
- Ernest Archibald (b1886) -emigrated to USA; worked as a salesman
Francis married Sophia Padgett, nee Mackrill, (1835-1929) in the spring of 1905 at Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Francis died on 9 March 1912 at Hessle, Yorkshire.
- 1856 Louth
- 1857 Howden
- 1858 Selby
- 1860 Hull ll
- 1862 Doncaster
- 1864 Hull l
- 1867 Hull ll
- 1869 Grimsby ll
- 1872 Winterton
- 1873 Doncaster ll
- 1876 Hull ll
- 1879 Gainsborough
- 1882 Grimsby ll
- 1886 Hull l
- 1890 Doncaster l
- 1895 Leeds Vl
- 1900 Beverley
- 1903 Hull ll
- 1905 Hull l
- 1906 Hull l (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885 (portrait); 1904/827 (Jessemine); 1912/570; 1930/248 (Sophia)
PM Minutes 1912/28
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers