Stafford, Noah Wardle (1824-1897)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881

Noah was born on 22 March 1824 at Marple, Cheshire to parents John and Jane. John was a labourer.

At the age of 15, he became an earnest teacher in the Sunday School.

Noah worked as a calico weaver before entering the ministry.

Ministry

Noah’s obituary records that he was a broad-minded man, genial and catholic in spirit, and thoroughly loyal to the Church of his choice.

Family

Noah married Caroline Taylor (1828-1886) in the spring of 1858 at Coventry, Warwickshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • John Wardle Thomas (1861-1944) – a Wesleyan minister
  • Eva Jane (b1863) – a schoolmistress (1891)
  • Albert Taylor (1865-1942) – a manager of grocery stores
  • Arthur Noah (b1865)
  • Ernest George (1866-1913) – a commercial traveller
  • Ellen Maud Mabel (1868-1934) – married Charles Roberts, a schoolmaster

Noah died on 7 May 1897 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Circuits

  • 1853 Ludlow
  • 1854 Worcester
  • 1855 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1856 Coventry
  • 1858 Darlaston
  • 1860 Bilston
  • 1861 Dudley
  • 1864 Bishops castle
  • 1866 Presteigne
  • 1868 Dawley
  • 1872 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1875 Oakengates
  • 1878 Cheadle
  • 1880 Bollington
  • 1883 Bradley Green
  • 1886 Bury
  • 1889 Colnbrook
  • 1890 Littleborough
  • 1893 Aberavon
  • 1895 Shrewsbury (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881 (portrait); 1888/306 (Caroline)

PM Minutes 1897/38

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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