Wilkinson, James (1841-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J. Keightley 

With startling suddenness Bro. Wilkinson was called into the rest eternal, and the Sheffield Fifth Circuit lost one of its most valued officials. He was at morning service on Sunday, June 27th, and in reply to enquiries said he was in the best of health. Shortly after retiring at night he had an alarming seizure. He did not regain consciousness, and the end came with the early morning of June 28th. 

He was born at Pocklington in December, 1841, spent a good many years in Sheffield as a builder and contractor, and contemplated retirement at no distant date. He was one of the kindest of men, of a retiring disposition, but a faithful Church official and treasurer to the Benevolent Committee, John Street.

The esteem in which he was held was shown on the day of his interment and at the memorial service conducted by the Rev. J. Keightley, on Sunday, July 4th.

“The memory of the just is blessed.”


James was born in 1841 at Pocklington, Yorkshire, to parents John, a rope maker (1851), and Mary.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1861 apprentice
  • 1871 joiner
  • 1881 joiner & master builder
  • 1891 builder
  • 1901 joiner & builder

He married Ann Walker (b abt1844) in the summer of 1863 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.  

  • Mary Elizabeth (1868-1956)
  • Emma (1870-1955) – married Ernest Charlesworth Bell, a baker, confectioner & grocer (1911), in 1897

James died on 28 June 1909 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/239

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