Thistlethwaite, Francis Edward (1867-1957)
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.
- 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