Thistlethwaite, Francis Edward (1867-1957)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

Francis was born in 1867 at Burnley, Lancashire, to parents John and Alice. John was a cotton weaver whilst at Burnley and later a leather warehouseman.

The family moved to Bramley in 1882 and became associated with Moriah Church in the Leeds V circuit. Here Francis dedicated himself to Christ and when barely seventeen, he received a note to preach from Rev Benjamin Bell.

The 1881 census describes Francis as a leather dresser. At that time the family were in Hunslet, nr Leeds.

Ministry

Francis served as Shrewsbury District Committee Secretary.

His obituary records that by nature, Francis was shy and retiring; friendships were not easily formed, but when they were they were lasting. He had an eager mind and his book-shelves revealed that he had cultivated a literary taste. He was an evangelical preacher, a faithful pastor and a wise administrator.

Family

Francis was supported in his ministry by his sisters, first Sarah and later Minnetta.

Francis died on 15 December 1957 at Bramley, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1890 Doncaster I
  • 1892 Patrington
  • 1894 Knighton
  • 1897 Burnley II
  • 1901 Keighley II
  • 1904 Alston
  • 1907 Leeds I
  • 1911 Knaresborough
  • 1914 Selby
  • 1917 Minsterley
  • 1920 Leintwardine
  • 1923 Dalton & Millom
  • 1924 Kingstone
  • 1926 Docking
  • 1929 Brotton
  • 1930 Leeds (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/190

Methodist Minutes 1958/180

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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