Wilson, Ernest Stanley (1889-1962)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Manchester in 1889. After serving a term as a lay-pastor in Cheltenham, he became a student at Hartley College.

He entered the Ministry in 1916 and served the following circuits : Dover, London Mission E., Burnopfield, Cirencester, Helmsley, Blyth, West Auckland, Stalybridge, Manchester, Oldham and finally Hyde and Denton.

In declining health, he  retired in 1954 and subsequently settled at Whitby, where, as he was able, he gave much appreciated service to the Churches.

He was a minister of outstanding enthusiasms and devotion. He was a keen student of philosophy and the sciences, and in particular of Plato and astronomy ; he loved to share his telescope with his friends.

But he gave his best to his pastoral duties and to the preaching office. He  took over many a struggling cause and renewed its vigorous life and worship.

Several circuits remember him gratefully for his efforts to remove their hampering debts.

He had great joy in serving the spiritual life of young people and brought them into the fellowship and service of the Church.

He was always at home in a study-circle, and was happy in the cultural climate of various District ministerial associations for the study of theology, philosophy and literature.

For a year he served as president of the Manchester Association.

He had a lovable. humorous temperament and he was quick in appreciation. Again and again in his work, he overtaxed his strength ; but he was always cheerful about his infirmities.

He would wish  to be remembered as one who had lived to spend and be spent for the honour of Christ.

He died on 29 May 1962 in the forty-sixth year of his ministry and the seventy-fourth year of his age.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962


Ernest was born on 13 April 1889 at Manchester, Lancashire, to parents James, a joiner, and Elizabeth.

Ernest worked as a bricklayer before entering the ministry.

He married Jane Markland Hambleton (1895-1973) in the spring of 1920 in the Glossop Registration District, Derbyshire. Birth records identify one child.

  • James W (b1921)

Ernest died on 29 May 1962 at Whitby, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1916 Dover &c
  • 1920 London Mission E
  • 1921 Burnopfield
  • 1925 Cirencester
  • 1929 Helmsley
  • 1933 Blyth
  • 1937 West Auckland
  • 1940 Stalybridge
  • 1944 Manchester Gt W St
  • 1948 Oldham Lees Rd
  • 1951 Hyde & Denton
  • 1954 Whitby (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1962/217

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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