Chappell, John Edward (1855-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John T. Giles

John Chappell was born in Pucklechurch (Gloucestershire) fifty-seven years ago. Converted early in life, he joined our Society. Amongst the services he rendered thereto was the conductorship of the praise worship. About twenty-five years ago, removing to Tonyrefail, as we had then no cause, he joined a society of the then Bible Christian denomination, and served it with remembered ability. Later, at Kingwood (Bristol), it was a great joy to him to find a sphere of usefulness amongst his own people. Returning to Tonyrefail, he was delighted to find that a society had been formed. This was in 1893. It comprised five members; we now report over seventy. How much this growth has been due to his prayers and labour we may never know. 

He filled the important positions of society steward and school superintendent efficiently. He became a trustee for the new building, serving it constantly, was jealous for its honour, rejoiced in its prosperity, and sedulously promoting its welfare.

During the weary months of his illness he manifested exemplary patience amidst intense sufferings, and his interest in all things concerning the Church was unabated. On May 7th, 1912, he heard the call to a higher service. A model husband and pattern father, his widow and children lovingly cherish his memory.


John was born abt1855 at Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, to parents Thomas Chappell, a shepherd (1861), and Ann Cooper. He was baptised on 1 April 1855 at Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1871 carter
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal miner hewer
  • 1911 coal miner hewer

He married Clara Ann Lacey (1854-1903) on 4 September 1875 at St John, Bedminster, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Mary Ann (1876-1906) – married Edwin John Clarke, a tramway motorman (1911), in 1898
  • Elizabeth (1878-1962) – married Thomas Samuel Andrews, a coal miner (1911), in 1900
  • Walter Joseph (1880-1885)
  • Frederick (1885-1956) – a coal hewer (1901)

He married Georgina Garland (1870-1956) in the spring of 1906 in the Gloucester Registration District, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify one child. Georgina married William Richard Tarling in 1919.

  • Constance May (1907-1993) – married Claude E Hunt, a twist hand (1939)

John died on 7 May 1912 at Tontrefail, Glamorgan


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/245

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