Parr family

The family gave three generations to the PM ministry. Thomas Parr (1817-1866; e.m. 1837) was born in Tunstall on 2 November 1817 and travelled mainly in the West Midlands. He died on 26 January 1866.

His son Theophilus Parr (1849-1921; e.m. 1867), born at Bishops Castle in March 1849, was stationed at George's Bay, West Africa in 1875 and 1876. A natural scholar, he laid the foundations for putting the Bali tongue into print. He gained an MA from Edinburgh University while stationed in that circuit in 1878-79. While stationed in Sydney from 1890 to 1900 he sat on the committee that drafted the constitution for the United Methodist Church of Australia and was President of the Australasian Conference in 1895. He died at Bolton on 14 June 1921.

Thomas's grandson James Tolefree Parr (e.m. 1873; d. 1930) was born at Kirby in Ashfield, had a distinguished ministry at the Surrey Chapel in south London 1893-1901 and superannuated there in 1920. He was President of the PM Conference in 1917. Among his publications was a life of a PM Sister, Sister Annie: the Angel of Blackfriars: or the sister with the shining face (1912). He died on 18 October 1930.

  • PM Magazine, 1906 pp.423-4; 1918 pp.1-6

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