First St Cath's Mar Ref V6d P453 Jun 1875 Aston
1881 census shows age 35 a widower living at Carbrook Vicarage,
Attercliffe Cum Darnell Yorkshire, Occ Clergyman, Incumbent of Carbrook
second St Cath's Mar Ref V9c P619 Dec 1882 Sheffield
From Sheffield Education Committee Booklet. (copy suppled by Mark Andrew)
Rev J.W.Merryweather, M.A.
The Rev James White Merryweather carries his years well. He has 59 of
them, but is so stalwart and vigorous that few would suspect him of quite
so many. And if these qualities characterise him physically, they are non
the less noticeable about his work and his religious opinions. He is one
of the leading Protestants in Sheffield, and chairman of the Executive
Committee of the Sheffield Branch of the National Protestant League. He
was Educated at Whiston School and Trinity College, Dublin; B.A. in 1874,
M.A in 1877; Deacon in 1873, and priest in 1874. He was curate at
Monckton Coombe, Nr Bath, from 1873 to 1874, and was then appointed Vicar
Deacons orders. in 1877 he went to Carbrook, as curate-in-charge, and the
following year on the death of the then vicar, he succeeded to the
living. He held the incumbency for 21years during which period he
organised the church life of the parish. For some time after he went
there, services were conducted in an Iron church, but he built the
present large edifice, which was consecrated in 1891. He also twice
enlarged the schools. During the time he was in the parish he raised on
an average nearly 1000 pound a year for church work. After doing all this
he elected in 1899 to take up the work of a parish twice as large- St
Philip's which has a population of 21,000. The people of Carbrook were
sorry to lose him, and he and his wife, and his daughter, were the
recipients of various presentations from the congregation and the
different agencies connected with the church. Mr Merryweather's public
work has been of an educational character. He was urged in 1885, 1888,
1891, 1894, to stand for school board, and finally consented in 1897. He
was returned at the head of the poll by a majority of more than 10,000
votes due to the splendid way in which the working man of all shades of
opinion in politics and religion supported him. in 1900 he was
re-elected. He was one of the original members of the Education
Committee. Is chairman of the training School of Cookery and Domestic
Economy Sub Committee, deputy chairman of the School Management
Committee, Residence: St Philip's Vicarage.
St Cath's Dearh Ref V9c P416 Jun 1916 Ecclesall B, age 70.
A letter from James's son another J W Merryweather to the Rev E A
Merryweather gives the following.
He was born in the West Indies, where his father was a planter, His
mother brought him to England, whether or not before his fathers death is
not known. He was educated privately at Whiston School in Yorkshire when
of age he joined his Uncle in his business. Afterwards he took a M.A.
Degree at Trinity College, Dublin. He Joined the teaching staff of
Monckton School in Bath, and after a short time ther took Holy Orders.
His first Curacy, and the only one was at Monckton Coomb. He accepted the
About 5 years at Oughtibridge, nr Sheffield.
21 Years at St Bartholomews, Carbrook.
16 Years at St Phillips, Sheffield.
5 years at Fulwood, Sheffield.
In Tribute to the memory of Canon J W Merryweather, Canon Houghton said
that he was a man of Saintly life who had a pastoral care for his people.
As a young man Canon Haoughton felt a great respect for Canon
Merryweather and just a little feeling of awe, but as he got older, he
found what a king heart he had, and a great deal of sympathy for those in
Canon Merryweather had a nother side to his character, that showed him to
be a man of strong convictions, and a decided character.
He had a deep powerfull voice, and a rather rugged exterior, many men and
women in Sheffield had cause to be thankfull for the spiritual influence
of the Departed Vicar of Fulwood.