Shepherd, James (1860-1936)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JAMES SHEPHERD: born near Dawley, Shropshire. He entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1883. After seven years as a missionary in Queensland, he served faithfully in eleven Methodist circuits during a period of forty years. His experiences abroad made him a keen advocate of Overseas Missions, to which he gave a son and daughter. 

His preaching was strongly evangelical, and he fearlessly proclaimed the social and political application of the Gospel of Salvation. On his retirement he rendered great service as a member of the Morecambe Town Council, of which at the time of his death he was Deputy Mayor. 

After along illness he passed to higher service on January 11, 1936, at the age of seventy-five.


James was born in 1860 at The Rock, nr.  Dawley Bank, Shropshire, to parents George, a coal miner (1871) and later a shoemaker (1881), and Rebecca.

Before entering the ministry James was an ironworker (1881).

He married Sarah Jane Barnes (1862-1918) on 26 April 1887 in Queensland, Australia. Records identify four children.

  • William Ewart Gladstone (1888-1888)
  • Lilian May (1889-1982) – an assistant school mistress (1911)
  • Eleanor Louisa (b abt1891) – a hospital nurse (1911); served as a missionary nurse in Nigeria in 1920’s and 1930’s
  • James Ewart (1903-1969) – a PM minister

He married Gertrude Woodhouse (1885-1966) in early 1920 in the Lancaster Registration District, Lancashire.

James died on 11 January 1936 at Morecambe, Lancashire.


  • 1884 Emerald – Australia
  • 1885 Ipswich
  • 1888 Cooktown
  • 1889 Caboolture
  • 1890 Whitchurch – England
  • 1891 Brierley Hill
  • 1894 Bloxwich &c
  • 1897 Blackburn III
  • 1900 Ramsey
  • 1902 Lye
  • 1904 Brierley Hill
  • 1906 Shrewsbury
  • 1908 Wolverhampton
  • 1912 Morecambe
  • 1916 Silverdale
  • 1920 Middleham
  • 1922 Morecambe (S)


Methodist Minutes 1936/192

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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