Chappell, John (1845-1924)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
The senior Steward of Stewkley Circuit is a loyal Primitive Methodist. In all that concerns the warfare (welfare?) of his church he is deeply interested. As Class Leader, Temperance Worker, Trust Treasurer, and Steward, he has rendered invaluable service. In spite of early disadvantages he has prospered in his worldly affairs. In all his prosperity the church has shared. He possesses not only the sympathetic heart, but the liberal hand.
Outside the church honours have come to him. He has represented his native parish on the Rural District Council, and is at present a member of the Parish Council. All his family are identified with us in church fellowship.
We sincerely pray for him length of days and more abundant usefulness. May his eventide be bright – “bright with all the promise God.”
Family and other information
John was born abt 1845 at Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, to parents Bernard and Mirriham. Bernard worked the land.
Census returns identify a varied career;
- 1861 Agricultural Labourer
- 1871 Rag & Bone Merchant
- 1881 Agricultural Labourer
- 1891 Carrier
- 1901 Farmer
- 1911 Farmer.
John married Emma Mead (1847-1927) in late 1867 at Stewkley, Buckinghamshire. Census returns identify five children.
- Sarah Ann (1869-1901) – married Frederick Faulkner, a carrier
- Minnie (1871-1950) – married Edmund Faulkner, a farmer
- Emily (1873-1896)
- Frederick William (1879-1964) – a carrier (1911)
- Rosa (abt1883-1971) – married Thomas Mead
John died on 6 November 1924 at Stewkley, Buckinghamshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/862
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