Buxton, John William (1842-1911)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Leicester Second Circuit has suffered a severe bereavement by the death of Bro. J.W. Buxton. Coming to Leicester from the Loughborough Circuit nearly fifty years ago, after a brief membership at Curzon Street (Leicester First), Mr. Buxton came to the other side of the town and joined, in the Leicester Second Circuit, a feeble society which worshipped in a kitchen. After a while a workshop was taken and made into a preaching room. Here Mr. Buxton threw in all the energy of his manhood. He was prime mover in all the work of the society: Class Leader, Society Steward, School Superintendent, and for fifty years a most acceptable Local Preacher. 

For thirty years he was a colporteur for the Scottish Religious Tract and Book Society. Transparently sincere and good, he was always bright, cheerful and hopeful. Like all other workers, he had his times of discouragement, but he cleaved to his post and his work with true devotion.

It was a joy to him when, during the ministry of the Rev. H. Carden a new chapel was built, which has been the scene of many conversions of the of many conversions of the “broken earthenware” type, in all which Brother Buxton took great delight. 

He had not a long illness—six weeks of gradual weakening. His funeral took place on January 4th, the service being held in the chapel where he had laboured so strenuously. Revs. J. Watts, N. Jefferson, and A.E. Willcox took part in the service. At the graveside a company of Good Templars conducted a short service. Bro. Buxton’s children and grandchildren are members of our Church. His wife now unfortunately lies in a stricken and unconscious condition. We pray that God will comfort her and some day bring her again into the fellowship of her husband and all who have gone before.


John was born abt1842 at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, to parents William Buxton, a cotton framework knitter (1851), and Elizabeth Martin.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 framework knitter
  • 1871 cotton yarn damper
  • 1891 colporteur books
  • 1901 colporteur & local preacher
  • 1911 retired colporteur

He married Georgina Wright (1831-1913) in the spring of 1859 in the Shardlow Registration District, Derbyshire. Georgina had a son, John Stanford Wright (1851-1919), by a previous relationship. Census returns identify two children.

  • Elizabeth Ann (1859-1933) – married Edmund Jesson, a boot manufacturer (1911), in 1886
  • Frederick William (1861-1948) – a baker (1911)

John died on 31 December 1911 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/496

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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