Tack, Charles Leonard (1856-1936)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

Charles was born in 1856 at Banbury, Oxfordshire to parents Thomas and Elizabeth. Charles was baptised on 24 August 1856 at Eydon, Northamptonshire. He was educated at Spring Hill, Birmingham.

Charles moved to South Staffordshire for business reasons and it was there that his passion and exceptional gifts were soon recognised. He became a local preacher of such grace and power that his fitness for the fuller ministry was acknowledged.


His obituary records that Charles was an earnest preacher and a wise administrator. He had a wonderful gift in prayer and was esteemed by all who knew him as a man of God. His gentle manner, radiant smile and gracious personality brought sunshine and cheer into many a darkened home.

Charles served as Secretary of the District Sunday School Committee and was also a member of the Candidates’ Examining Committee.

In retirement Charles served as Chaplain as Burton House Institution, Dudley.


Charles married Margery Buckley (1864-1936) in the summer of 1883 at Oldham, Lancashire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Leonard Buckley Tack (b1883) – emigrated to Canada circa 1905; a salesman (1920)
  • Howarth Keates (1885-1976)
  • Margery Zoe (1887-1899)
  • Elizabeth Helen (abt1889-1959) – married Albert Thomas Sisman, a builder
  • Zoe Buckley (1891-1974) – married Joseph James Baker in 1913, a hair dresser (1901)
  • Jane Thompson (1897-1908)

Charles died on 14 June 1936 at Upper Gornal, nr Dudley, Staffordshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1879 Andover
  • 1882 Bourton
  • 1885 Salisbury
  • 1888 Silsden
  • 1891 Lincoln I
  • 1893 Darlaston
  • 1896 Birmingham II
  • 1901 Willenhall
  • 1905 Tipton
  • 1910 Old Hill
  • 1914 Crewe
  • 1920 Stafford
  • 1922 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1926 Wrockwardinewood (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/882

Methodist Minutes 1936/200

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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