Carrick, John Robert (1862-1914)

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

The Bishop Auckland Circuit, and Tenters Street Church in particular, are the poorer-through the passing of Mr. J. R. Carrick, on May 27th, at the age of fifty-two years. For seventeen years he lived in Bishop Auckland, having previously worked as a miner at Shildon, taking an active part in the life of our Church and in the district as member of the District and County Councils. 

In Bishop Auckland, in spite of exacting duties, he found time to serve on the District Council and as secretary of the Working Men’s Nursing Association. An ardent worker in the temperance cause, his great passion, however, was his Church and Sunday school, of which he was one of the most regular and valued officials. As a local preacher he delivered his message with a sincerity that carried conviction. As trustee his counsel was always wise and sane. The greatest joy of his life was to be amongst the children in the Sunday school, of which he was for many years superintendent. He was a member of the Darlington and Stockton District Committee, had represented his circuit at District Meetings, and was delegate to the Hull Conference. 

The funeral on May 30th was conducted by Revs. T.A. Thompson, B.Sc., and W. Howarth, B.A. Our sympathy for the widow and family is deep and sincere.


John was born in the spring of 1862 at Seaton, Cumberland, to parents Isaac Carrick, a blacksmith (1871), and Jane Robertson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1871 scholar
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 Liberal registration agent
  • 1911 Liberal agent

He married Elizabeth Raine (1861-1897) in the summer of 1883 in the Auckland Registration District, C. Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Albert (1884-1942) – a grocer’s assistant (1911); a grocery traveller (1921)
  • Mary Jane (1888-1944) – a domestic servant (1911); emigrated to USA in 1922; married Clement Victor Berryman
  • Cithie (1890-1983) – a domestic servant (1911); a nurse (1915); emigrated to USA in 1921; married Norval B Stewart

He married Mary Clarke, nee Raw (b1854) in early 1900 in the Auckland Registration District, Co. Durham.  She had two children from a previous relationship.     

John died on 27 May 1914 at Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/78

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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