Wigley, Albert John (1863-1941)

A J Wigley, Liverpool, c1904
Englesea Brook Museum 10.04
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918

Early years

Albert was born in 1863 in Hereford, Herefordshire, to parents Albert and Mary. Albert, senior, was a Post Office official (1881). The 1881 census records Albert working as a railway clerk.

Albert confessed Christ as his personal saviour at the age of ten in a boys’ prayer meeting held in a timber yard. At the age of seventeen he renewed his consecration and at once offered himself for service. Two years later, in Chester, he became an accredited local preacher.


In every town where he ministered, with the exception of Glasgow, Albert was made president of the local C. E. Union. He was also a member of the National Council for thirty years, and the convener of the National Junior Work Committee for five years,


Albert married Elizabeth Townsend (b abt1872) in the summer of 1892 in the North Bierley Registration District. Census returns identify two of four children.

Albert died on 14 June 1941 at Southport, Lancashire.


  • Hartley
  • 1888 Glasgow II
  • 1894 Birkenhead
  • 1900 Liverpool II
  • 1905 Liverpool IV
  • 1908 Luton III
  • 1911 Southport III
  • 1918 Preston II
  • 1923 Skelmersdale
  • 1927 Barrow in Furness
  • 1930 Southport (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/783

Methodist Minutes 1941/178

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • He kept a ‘Scribbling Book’.  The entries in this little notebook cover the years 1906-1920. It includes his time at Banks during the First World War.

    By Jill Barber (07/05/2015)

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