Trevvett, James William (1881-1949)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Inkerman, Notts, in 1881. One of twelve children, he was ever grateful for the godly influence and training of his early home. After two years in Hartley College, he entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1908.

He was ever diligent to prove himself a worthy servant of the Church he loved. Never seeking the limelight, the pulpit and the care of his flock were his chief concern and the sources of his deepest satisfaction. He read widely and wisely, but always to the end that he might the more effectively divide the Word of Truth.

His transparent sincerity and integrity, his modesty, his capacity for friendship, his kindly and shrewd judgement, his sensitiveness to human need and sorrow, his unselfish concern for young and old alike endeared him to his people wherever he laboured.

It was a sore trial when, for health reasons, he had to retire from the active work in 1942. Removing to Bishop Auckland, he continued to find joy in pulpit and pastoral ministries, and his services were eagerly welcomed in Methodist and other Free Churches.

He loved to preach, and when this was no longer possible he continued to exercise a gracious ministry in quieter ways. Men felt themselves renewed and challenged because of contact with such a courageous and gracious spirit. He knew that the call could come at any moment, but his fortitude was constant and his faith serene and unclouded.

He was gathered to higher service on 1st November 1949, at the age of sixty-eight, in the forty second year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


James was born on 10 August 1881 at Inkerman, Nottinghamshire, to parents James, a PM evangelist (1901) and Eliza Ann.

James worked as a clerk before entering the ministry.

He married Elizabeth Paxton (1882-1967) in the summer of 1912 in the Lanchester Registration District, Co Durham.

James died on 1 November 1949 at Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.


  • Hartley
  • 1908 Lowesoft
  • 1909 Sherringham
  • 1912 Aylsham
  • 1915 Shildon
  • 1919 Stockton
  • 1922 Tarporley
  • 1927 Brierley Hill
  • 1930 Walkden
  • 1934 Fakenham
  • 1937 Bourne
  • 1942 Bishop Auckland (S)


Methodist Minutes 1950/129

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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