Walton, Jacob (1869-1944)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1932

Early years

Jacob was born in 1869 at Westgate, Weardale, Co Durham, to parents George and Jane.

The family moved to Stockton-on-Tees and joined the Paradise Row Church. George, a draper, was a local church official and local preacher. Jacob entered Hartley College in 1892. Prior to entering the ministry Jacob also worked as a draper.


His obituary records that as a preacher, Jacob was ‘a servant of the Word’. He brought to his preaching a penetrative, cultured, and reverent mind. He read the essential books, as was evident from his conversation and his library. As an administrator he possessed sound judgement.

The last ten years of his active ministry were spent in Connexional Office, first as General Secretary of the PM Church, and then as Assistant Secretary of Conference, Chairman of the London North-West District, and Financial Secretary of such Primitive Methodist Institutions as were not incorporated with the united Church until a later date.


Jacob married Laura Garbutt (1869-1955) in the summer of 1898 at Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Jessie Garbutt (1900-1998)
  • Donald Garbutt (1904-1977) – an architect (1944)

Jacob died on 15 February 1944 at New Malden, Surrey.


  • Hartley
  • 1894 Saffron Walden
  • 1896 Poplar
  • 1898 Barton on Humber
  • 1901 Middlesbrough
  • 1906 Motherwell
  • 1909 Silsden
  • 1913 Sunderland II
  • 1915 Ilkeston
  • 1924 Walsall
  • 1927 Plumstead
  • 1929 Finance Secretary


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/759; 1924/104; 1932/23

Methodist Minutes 1944/134

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p137

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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