Chamberlain, John Thomas (1843-1915)

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

New Road Church, Peterborough First Circuit, is much poorer through the passing away of one of her stalwarts. John T. Chamberlain, after five months’ suffering, entered into the eternal on April 30th. As local preacher forty-seven years, class leader forty years, trust secretary thirty years, he rendered yeoman service to the Church. 

He was earnest, consistent, and persistent in all that he did. His religion was real. About his faith there was no uncertainty. He knew, for he realised by experience the saving power and the abiding presence of Jesus Christ. His was the religion of the shining face. As in pulpit or in class meeting he uttered the words, “The Lord love you,” his face was as the face of an angel. No wonder that he was known as “Happy Jack,” and that his ministrations were appreciated and effective. 

A representative gathering assembled for the funeral to show their love to him and their sympathy with his widow, son and daughter. An impressive “in memoriam” service was conducted by Rev. H. Semper on May 9th.


John was born in the summer of 1843 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire, to parents Thomas Chamberlain, who worked the land (1851), and Sarah White. He was baptised on 8 October 1843 at St John, Peterborough.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 engine man
  • 1871 railway labourer
  • 1881 labourer (general)
  • 1891 PM local preacher & foreman Peterborough Coal Consumers Co.
  • 1901 coal merchant’s foreman
  • 1911 coal merchant’s foreman

He married Jane Early, nee Bull (1846-1918) in early 1866. Census returns identify two children.

  • Mary Ann (1867-1944) – married Joseph West, a railway passenger guard (1911), in 1893
  • John Thomas (1871-1947) – an elementary school teacher (1921)

John died on 30 April 1915 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/665

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