Burley, John (1822-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Watts
On August 23rd passed to coronation and reward a veteran lay preacher from the Leicester II. Circuit in his 87th year, John Burley, of Countesthorpe, was the oldest preacher on our station, and he reaches back to the beginning of our church at Countesthorpe. He was a lay preacher for over sixty. years. In the far past he was next on the plan to the famous Miss Buck. His father’s name was more than half-way up the plan in 1829. It is quite safe to say that the father and son cover a period of lay preachership of at least ninety years: that reaches very near the origin of our Church. Their lives and labours make a history of great distinction and value.
John Burley was distinguished and respected for his spirituality and devotion. A man of deep-rooted convictions and loyalty to principle, of clean life and high character, he compelled confidence and hearing. He could talk religion to men at the street corner and kneel down and pray with them, and they never resented it, because they believed in him; this he did in front of his own house. He believed in the mighty power of the Gospel and the presence of the Holy Spirit and expected conversions. God grant his like may never pass away.
John was born abt1822 at Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, to parents John, a woollen knitter (1841), and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 5 February 1822 at Countesthorpe.
Census returns identify the following occupations for John
- 1851 framework knitter
- 1861 woollen framework knitter
- 1871 framework knitter
- 1881 framework knitter
- 1891 framework knitter
- 1901 sock framework knitter
He married Elizabeth Haywood (1829-1858) in late 1848 in the Blaby Registration district, Leicestershire. Census returns identify one child.
- Eliza Ann (1857-1934) – married Charles Herbert in 1877
He married Sarah Herbert, nee Collins (1824-1893) in the spring of 1861 in the Blaby Registration District, Leicestershire. Census returns identify one child.
- Sarah Elizabeth (1862-1948) – married John William Murdock, a hosiery trimmer (1911), in 1886
John died on 23 August 1910 at Countesthorpe, Leicestershire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/989
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