December 10, 1856, England.

January 29, 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Jabez was the son of Joseph Bickerton and Hannah Taylor, and husband of Rachel E. Bickerton. He emigrated with his family from England to America at age 12.

He attended Drew Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, and became a Methodist Episcopal minister. Joining the church’s Philadelphia Conference, he served as a pastor; Presiding Elder of the conference’s West District (1901–06); secretary of the City Missionary Society (1906–16); was a delegate to the Methodist General Conference in 1904, 1908 and 1916, and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Federation of Churches. Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, gave him an honorary doctoral degree.

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