Benyon, John (1831-1911)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Gervase Hall
The passing of John Benyon, of Brockton, at the age of seventy-eight, has removed from our Worthen Society a devoted worker and a noble Christian. Over fifty years ago he joined our people at Broomfields, in the Hadnall Circuit, afterwards spend-ing twenty-six years in Liverpool, whence he removed to Brockton to spend the last twenty-four years in connection with our society at Worthen, for many years superintending the Sunday School and acting as chapel treasurer. At the time of his death he held the offices of trustee, society steward, and assistant class leader. He always lent a helping hand to the aged, the afflicted and the poor, and rejoiced to open his house to the preachers. He died in the Salop Infirmary on July 6th, 1911, and was buried in Worthen churchyard. A memorial sermon was preached by Mr. W. Bridgwater.
John was born abt1831 at Baschurch, Shropshire, to parents Richard, a labourer, and Isabella. He was baptised on 14 November 1831 at Baschurch.
Census returns identify the following occupations for John.
- 1851 under waggoner
- 1861 agricultural labourer
- 1871 carter
- 1881 domestic coachman
- 1901 coal carrier
- 1911 retired coachman
He married Martha Stephens (1837-1914) in the summer of 1860 in the Atcham Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify one child.
- Richard (abt1861-1893) – a groom (1881); a fishmonger (1891)
John died on 6 July 1911 at Shropshire Infirmary, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/830
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