Smith, Arthur Jackson (1854-1935)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

A. JACKSON SMITH: born in the Potteries in 1854 and entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1875. After five years in home circuits he went to Australia in 1880, and for eleven years exercised a successful ministry in the P.M. Church there. In 1891 he returned to England, and for thirty years laboured successfully. He was a popular preacher and lecturer.

His genial, lovable personality and sympathetic spirit made him welcome in the homes of the people, especially in times of sickness, suffering, and bereavement. There are many who still gratefully remember his kindly ministrations and helpful prayers in their day of trouble. 

He died at Vincentown, New Jersey, on February 1, 1935.


Arthur was born in 1854 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire, to parents George Smith, a potter’s engraver (1871), and Mary Tinsley. He was baptised on 23 April 1854 at Wolstanton.

Arthur worked as a potter before entering the ministry (1871).

He married Isabella Brown Jowsey (1859-1889) in 1882 in New Zealand. Census returns identify two children.

  • Winfred (b1883)
  • George Thomas Jowsey (1890-1959) – an engineers help (1940); died in USA

Arthur died on 1 February 1935 at Vincentown, Burlington, New Jersey, USA..


  • 1874 Silverdale
  • 1876 Tunstall
  • 1877 Whitchurch
  • 1880 Ashburton
  • 1881 Wellington – New Zealand
  • 1885 Auckland I
  • 1891 S Invercargill
  • 1892 Blaenavon – Wales
  • 1895 Lichfield
  • 1897 Leicester II
  • 1901 Belfast
  • 1905 Tunstall
  • 1908 Bury
  • 1910 N Walsham
  • 1912 Nantwich
  • 1915 Biddulph
  • 1918 Burslem
  • 1919 Hanley
  • 1921 Hanley (S)


Methodist Minutes 1935/205

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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