Taylor, Abel (1856-1938)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

Abel was born in 1856 at Talke to parents John and Eliza. His father was a miner and class leader.

Abel joined the Church at nine years of age. He was placed on the Talke Preachers plan when still ‘quite a youth’.

After attending the Sunderland Institute, when the Manchester College opened Abel became one of the first students. His stay in Manchester was short, as Abel was selected for a special project in the Tunstall circuit in 1881/2.


His preaching was thoughtful and fervent, gripping the minds and hearts of his hearers. The distinctive notes were evangelistic and instructive. In character and conduct Abel was thoughtful, conscientious, sincere, kindly of heart, winsome in manner, and supremely devoted to his Lord.


Abel married Sarah Ann Heath (1856-1931) in the summer of 1885 at Eaton by Tarporley, Cheshire.

Abel died on 19 September 1938 at Alsager, Cheshire.


  • Sunderland
  • Hartley
  • 1882 Winsford
  • 1886 Whitchurch
  • 1890 Welshpool
  • 1892 Rhosymedre
  • 1896 Stafford
  • 1899 Bloxwich
  • 1903 Ramsor
  • 1904 Bradley Green
  • 1908 Dudley
  • 1912 Nottingham I
  • 1915 Darlaston
  • 1921 Burslem
  • 1924 Stoke (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/497; 1931/596

Methodist Minutes 1939/200

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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