Local Preachers of the United Methodist Church


Group photograph of United Methodist preachers 1908

This group photograph of the local preachers of the Oxford circuit of the United Methodist Church was probably taken at the Church on St Michael’s Street.

The names on the photograph are as follows:

Back row left to right:

H Hazell – probably Henry Hazell,  born at Lower Heyford in 1865. Listed as resident there in 1911 census. Occupation: canal worker.

G E Bee

C H Banbury – Charles Howard Banbury. Born at Woodstock in 1877. Listed as resident there in 1911 census. Occupation: newsagent and stationer. Charles is the grandson of Gabriel George Banbury – see below.

J W G Dew – probably John William George Dew, born Lower Heyford c. 1881. Listed as resident there in 1911 census. Occupation: carpenter and joiner.

F J Chapman

E Tombs – possibly Frank Edward Tombs, born Wheatley 1890. Listed as resident there in 1911 census. Occupation: grocer’s assistant.

J J Putt

In front of the back row left to right:

W B Turill,

W J Bayliss,

W A J Martyr – probably William Arthur James Martyr, born  Oxford 1884. Address 99 Southmoor Road in 1911 census. Parents married in ‘Methodist Free Church’ in 1882. Occupation in 1911: student

P T Shepherd – possibly Peter T Shepherd, born Wheatley 1868. Address 104 Marlborough Road, Oxford in 1911 census. Occupation in 1911: town postman, Oxford.

W Busby,

G Williams

Behind the front row:

H J Martyr – possibly Harold Martyr, born Oxford 1895. Brother of Walter Arthur James (above).

W Rose,

J Faggetter,

A Edmonds,

W Charter

Front row:

J Thornton,

J Brownjohn – John Brownjohn, born in Frome, Somerset in 1847. He married Annie Kerry in Oxford in 1875, and worked as a compositor, almost certainly at Oxford University Press.  The couple had seven children and lived mainly in the Jericho area of Oxford. Their son Lewis was killed at the Somme in 1916 and is remembered on the war memorial of Walton Street Methodist Church.

G G Banbury – George Gabriel Banbury born Burford 1818.  In 1911 he is living with his grandson Charles Howard Banbury (above) in Woodstock and describes himself as a retired draper. However in 1891 the census records he was: Retired draper, Mayor, JP, Local Preacher. He died in October 1911 aged 96. Not surprisingly he has pride of place, in the middle of the front row in the photograph.

Rev J Foulger,

J Payne

Outside main picture:

J Banbury (left) – probably John Banbury born Woodstock in 1841. Eldest son of George Gabriel Banbury (above). He died in April 1911 and is recorded as being a retired draper, JP.

J Beck(right)

Comments about this page

  • Thank you so much for this fascinating history.

    By Alison Butler (05/10/2022)
  • Interesting photograph of the local preachers, it is great to be able to put a face to a name. I have the following information on J Faggetter.

    John Faggetter (1830 to 1912) was born in Ripley, Surrey. He is recorded as a Shoemaker aged 20 in the 1851 census. He moved to Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire where he met a local girl Margaret Andrews (1839-1898) and married her (1861). They lived in Freehold Street and John worked on the GWR Railway for most of his life as a signalman, porter and later a railway pensioner. A house in the village was registered as a Methodist meeting place in 1804 and John would have witnessed the new chapel built in 1906. He was recorded as a Local Preacher on the Oxford Circuit of the United Methodist Church. Sons emigrated, George to Canada in 1888 and John Eli to USA in 1907; the vast majority of those with the Faggetter surname in these countries are descended from these two sons. Daughter Catherine married James Charter, and when widowed he married her sister Sarah. In about 1911 John joined Sarah and James in Monkton Combe, Somerset, where John finally died in 1912 aged 81.

    By Hayden Pugh (15/09/2022)

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