Yeomans, Frank Edge (1874-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Early years

Frank was born in 1874 at Market Drayton, Shropshire, to parents Elijah Yeomans and Clarissa Edge.

Frank became a local preacher at the age of eighteen. He prepared himself for the teaching profession, and for a few years served in that capacity; but on the death of his father he gave up teaching to take charge of his milling business in Essex. About that time, Frank felt a very real call to the ministry, and under the guidance of Rev Joseph Taylor studied for the Candidates’ Examination. Frank secured a position on the Reserve List, and was sent to circuit work without College training.


Whilst at Cardiff, Frank was Chaplain to the 3rd Western General Hospital. At Yeovil, he was Chaplain of the Infirmary. Frank was also active in the Temperance Movement.

In his various circuits Frank was associated with Toc H, the Brotherhood Movement and the Free Church Council. His uniformly friendly association with the Church of England exemplified a characteristically catholic spirit.

His obituary records that he was an impressive and evangelical preacher, a kindly and sympathetic pastor, and a lover of orderly and dignified worship.


Frank married Elsie Marion Walker (1877-1968) in late 1905 at Croydon, Surrey. Census returns and birth records identify four children.

  • Marjorie (1906-1996)
  • Eustace Frank (1909-1985)
  • Elsie N (b1917)
  • Theodora Grace (b1923)

Frank died on 23 November 1935 at Monmouth, Monmouthshire.


  • 1901 Belfast
  • 1902 Halifax I
  • 1903 Newhaven
  • 1905 Dartford
  • 1909 Leytonstone
  • 1911 Bradford
  • 1914 Cardiff
  • 1917 Newport, Mon
  • 1918 Mere
  • 1923 Yeovil
  • 1927 High Wycombe
  • 1930 Woodfalls


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929/560

Methodist Minutes 1936/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • I was delighted to discover this information about my grandfather, whom I never knew, and would like to correct/update the information on the page about his children:

    Marjorie’s dates are 1906-1976

    Elsie Nora’s dates are 1917-2013

    Theodora Grace’s dates are 1923-2011

    There is a story in our family about Frank’s time as a miller in Essex. He was working on the outer edge of the sails when the wind got up and the sails started to go round with him on them. He was thrown off but landed in some hay and was unhurt.

    It has given the family so much pleasure to find this entry. Thank you very much.

    By Tim Yeomans (04/11/2015)

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