Wilkinson, Frederic William (1858-1920)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Mrs Bessie Wilkinson
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

Frederic was born in 1858 at Sleaford, Lincolnshire to parents John Wilkinson and Ann Louisa Dudley. John was a PM Minister.

Frederic had the advantage of attending Hinckley Grammar School. So alert and proficient was he in learning, that at an unusually early age, he was deemed qualified to become an assistant teacher in the first board school at Hinckley.

At the age of sixteen, Frederic was a class leader and local preacher. In 1879 he was recommended as a candidate for the ministry and proceeded to Sunderland College


His obituary records that Frederic was an eager student, a fine preacher, and an expert administrator. He had a lawyer-like mind, and his general business aptitude and exact knowledge of Connexional usage, won the admiration of all who had contact with him in Church business matters.

As a pastor he excelled; his tenderness, his frankness, his skill where trouble was, his shrewd advice where such was needed, his transparent sincerity and his utter disregard of self-advantage, made him to be trusted and loved by his people.


Frederic married Bessie Vick (1864-1906) in late 1885 at Midhurst, Sussex. Census returns identify one child.

  • Annie Louisa (b1892)

Frederic died on 14 April 1920 at Goole, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1880 Rugby
  • 1881 Dover
  • 1882 Sheerness
  • 1883 Buriton
  • 1884 Portsmouth
  • 1885 S Molton
  • 1886 Balham
  • 1888 London I
  • 1889 Caledonian Road
  • 1890 Leyton
  • 1897 Hove
  • 1898 Woolwich
  • 1901 Ipswich
  • 1905 Dunstable
  • 1908 Bedford
  • 1911 Burton on Trent
  • 1913 Halstead
  • 1915 Atherton
  • 1918 Swansea


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/74; 1915/714

PM Minutes 1920/278

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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