Wilkes, Arthur (1861-1946)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918

Early years

Arthur was born in 1861 at Catshill, Worcestershire. His father was a circuit steward and local preacher.

Arthur began work at the age of nine. He was converted aged fourteen and was preaching at sixteen.


His obituary records that Arthur’s sermons always contained a living message. He was a diligent and methodical visitor, a tender and affectionate pastor. He possessed real literary gifts and read particularly mysticism, Methodist history, and topography.

His saintly life, his charming personality, his spirit of helpfulness, his broad charity, and his deep devotion to his Master endeared him to multitudes.

He was a wise administrator serving as Secretary in three districts. In 1923, Arthur served as Secretary of Conference at Liverpool.


Arthur married Elizabeth Morris (1872-1949) in the summer of 1893 at Hay, Breconshire, Wales. Census returns identify two children.

  • Mona Vera (1894-1934)
  • Douglas Ewart (1898-1980) – an engineer

Arthur died on 12 September 1946 at the Haywood Hospital, Tunstall, Staffordshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1887 Gloucester
  • 1889 Stratford
  • 1891 Hay
  • 1893 Helmsley
  • 1896 Tadcaster
  • 1900 Leeds IV
  • 1903 Coventry I
  • 1910 Manchester IV
  • 1914 Blackheath
  • 1918 Tunstall
  • 1923 Paisley
  • 1928 Tunstall (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/264; 1932/516

Methodist Minutes 1947/129

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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