Bullock, John (1839-1912)

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

If to live quietly and to serve faithfully is to win the Master’s “Well done,” then certainly John Bullock of Wetwang in the Driffield Circuit has already heard that benediction. No man ever proved more fully the truthfulness of the word of prophecy, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” than did he. 

Reserved, meditative, he pondered deeply in his heart the great things of life. Puritanic, in the best sense, he lived a clean, strong, virile life. A Primitive Methodist by early training, and a preacher by divine call, he walked long journeys to declare the message of grace. This he continued until a few weeks before his decease. By the grace of God he lived; and by that same grace he has fallen on sleep in Jesus, and leaves behind him the influence of a long, strong, and useful life.


John was born in late 1839 at Wetwang, Yorkshire, to parents George Bullock, a shoemaker, and Hannah Wilson. He was baptised on 13 October 1839 at Wetwang.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 journeyman shoemaker
  • 1871 master shoemaker
  • 1881 bootmaker employing 1 man & 1 boy
  • 1891 shoemaker & postmaster
  • 1901 bootmaker (master)
  • 1911 bootmaker

He married Mary Truman (1841-1911) on 22 May 1867 at Topcliffe, Yorkshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Charles (abt1868-1922) – a postman (1911)
  • George (1869-1951) – a goods porter (1911)
  • Elizabeth (1871-1957) – postmistress (1901); married Arthur Paul, a farmer (1939), in 1913
  • Hannah (abt1873-1939) – a nurse (1891); married Robinson Wilson, a horse keeper (1911), in 1894
  • Dorcas Keturah (1875-1928) – dressmaker (1901); married George Oxendale North, a farmer, in 1909, circa 1901
  • Jane (1877-1957) – a shop keeper (1911)
  • Maud Alice (b1880) – married George Chilver, a commercial motor driver (1911)
  • Blanche Mary (1883-1911) – married George Milner, a railway signalman (1911), in 1905

John died on 18 December 1912 at Wetwang, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/325

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