Bruce, John (1848-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W.

In the passing of John Bruce, in his sixty-seventh year, on October 12th, Syston Church, Leicester IV. Circuit, suffered a severe bereavement. Of his services as choirmaster, trustee, trust treasurer and trust steward one cannot speak too highly. He not only gave generously himself, but he secured large assistance outside our Church, Those who met him in business found him one of the straightest and truest of men. 

Deeply interested in the welfare of Syston, he served for many years on the Urban Council. He is greatly missed by every good cause in the village. A most loyal and fervent Methodist, his home was always open to the ministers of our Church. 

The funeral service was conducted by Revs. J. Whittle and W. Hughes, and Messrs. W. Rogers and S. Brown. Amongst the large crowd that gathered at the cemetery was Rev. T.R. J. Avery, M.A. (vicar), and Rev. I. Evans, curate of the Syston Church.


John was born in late 1847 at Leicester, Leicestershire, to parents William Bruce, a butcher (1851), and Mary Ann Johnson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 plough boy
  • 1871 police constable
  • 1881 engine owner threshing machine
  • 1891 farmer & threshing machine owner – wife is infant school mistress
  • 1901 farmer & dealer in corn – wife described as a school mistress
  • 1911 farmer- wife is an infant school mistress

He married Elizabeth Goodson (abt1839-1885) on 31 August 1868 at Thrussington, Leicestershire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Agatha (1880- 1900)

He married Mary Elizabeth Davis (1849-1937) in the spring of 1888 at Leicester, Leicestershire.. Census returns identify they had two children who died in infancy.

John died on 12 October 1914 at Syston, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/326

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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