James Jerom Topham (1805-1876)
James Jerom Topham was born at Ripley in Derbyshire into a prosperous yeoman family. He was converted at an early age and joined the Belper Methodist society in March 1822. Topham entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1827 and exercised an active circuit ministry in England until superannuation in 1864. He spent his retirement partly in Manchester and partly in his native village. He died on his 71st birthday in the very room in which he had been born.
In his conference obituary, Topham was described as a scholarly man and excellent preacher who was 'modest to shyness and sensitively retiring'.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1876 and Hill's Arrangement 1869