Thistlethwaite, Francis Edward (1867-1957)

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.


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.


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

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


  • 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)


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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