Andrews, John (1846-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by E.C.

Mr. T. Andrews, of Leominster, died March 3rd, 1915, aged sixty-eight years. Born at Asterton in a Primitive Methodist home, our brother grew up to love the God and Church of his parents. In 1876 he married a daughter of the late Rev. Wm. Chubb, and came to Upper House Farm, Ivington, in the Leominster Circuit, where a room was set apart for the preaching of the Gospel by our people. At this place, as afterwards at Stoke St. Milbra, Vigrove, Caynham, and Leominster, they exerted much influence for good, and rendered yeoman service to our Church. 

Our brother’s life was beautiful in its simple, quiet devotion to God and to His people. His confidence in God triumphed over all the adverse phases of life. A loyal friend to his minister, to the candidates for the plan he was ever kind and encouraging. Two years ago his health began to decline, but he never complained; his greatest hardship was his inability to attend God’s house. He leaves a devoted wife and family to mourn his loss.


John was born in 1846 at Asterton, Shropshire, to parents William Andrews, a farmer of 87 acres (1851), and Hannah Oliver. He was baptised on 27 December 1846 at Norbury, Shropshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 no occupation given in census return – on farm with parents
  • 1871 no occupation given in census return – on farm with parents
  • 1881 farmer of 176 acres employing 3 labourers
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 retired farmer

He married Mary Jane Chubb (1843-1923) in the spring of 1876 in the Ludlow Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Ernest William (1877-1956) – a farmer (1911)
  • Martha Hannah Winnifred (1879-1964) – married Frank Pickford Marriott, an artist, in 1907; emigrated to South Africa in 1908
  • John Percy Griffiths (1883-1969) – a commercial traveller (1939)

John died on 3 August 1915 at Leominster, Herefordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/162

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: The Magazine has the wrong initial for John’s Christian name. His probate record has John’s death on 3 August, not 3 March, 1915 as stated in the obituary.

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