Taylor, Henry James (1859-1945)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Early years

Henry was born in 1859 at Curragh, Kildare, Ireland. Henry spent his early days in South Staffordshire and entered the fellowship of the church in the Brierley Hill circuit.


In Liverpool, Henry was the founder and secretary of the Passive Resistance League.

Henry delivered the Hartley lecture in 1921 – ‘The Challenge of Freedom

Henry was President of Conference in 1922. He also served terms as President of the Christian Endeavour Union and National Sunday School Union.

Henry was a convinced advocate of Methodist Union and was faithful and valuable in counsel on the Union Committee.

Henry believed in the prophetic function of the ministry. He did not believe in the pulpit being silent about anything that affects the life of the people or that hinders the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. His ministry was a combination of broad-minded prophetism and cultured evangelism.


Henry authored the following.

Capetown to Kafue: the story of an eighteen thousand miles journey


Henry married Matilda Stagg (1859-1898) in the summer of 1885 at Brierley Hill, Staffordshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Robert Garnet (1890-1941)

Henry married Ada Tilly Chisholm (abt1873-1949) in the summer of 1899 at Bromley, Kent. Census returns identify three children.

  • Kathleen Cecile (1900-1922)
  • Vivien Mary (b1903)
  • Audrey Chisholm (1906-1995)

Henry died on 16 January 1945 at Woking, Surrey.


  • Sunderland
  • Hartley
  • 1882 Canning Town
  • 1886 Caledonian Road
  • 1888 Scarborough
  • 1891 Hull I
  • 1894 Southport II
  • 1901 Liverpool I
  • 1906 Chesterfield I
  • 1909 Mission Secretary
  • 1914 Holborn Hall
  • 1915 London SE Mission
  • 1921 Liverpool I
  • 1927 Woking (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/255; 1917/175; 1918/233; 1921/531; 1923/2; 1932/168

Methodist Minutes 1945/129

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p202

R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p331

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 22 January 2018 to add details of Henry’s first wife and marriage.

    By Geoff Dickinson (22/01/2018)

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