Cox, John (1835-1917)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J. Jopling

By the death of Mr. John Cox, in his eighty-third year, Primitive Methodism has lost a most ardent son, and Whitehall Road Church, in the Gateshead II. Circuit, a most devout member and official.

Born at Coleby, in Lincolnshire, he was converted when a boy. He at once became a Sunday school teacher. Removing to Chesterfield, and subsequently to the North, to the Tyne, he maintained his membership with us. As a class-leader he distinguished himself. He was a real shepherd to his flock. 

His final illness was very painful, though comparatively brief, but his radiant spirit triumphed over his affliction. He passed away on June 5th, and was buried on June 9th, when a large company followed his remains. The officiating minister was the Rev. J. Jopling, who gave a suitable address, and also conducted a memorial service the following Sunday evening.


John was born abt1835 at Harmston, nr. Coleby, Lincolnshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 porter – offices
  • 1901 office porter
  • 1911 retired

He married Mary Ann Stacey (1844-1880) on 23 February 1862 at Staveley, Derbyshire. Census returns identify three of seven children. 

  • Ellen (1867-1879)
  • William (1870-1930) – a plumber (1891)                    
  • Mary Ann (b1877) – a milliner (1891)

John died on 5 June 1917 at Gateshead, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/660

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