Evans, John (1837-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Buxton

Mr. John Evans was born at Youlgrave, near Bakewell, in 1837. His parents were early Methodists, and our brother remembered Hugh Bourne calling at his home. Upon conversion he became a member of society and joined his father’s class, of which, on the death of his father, he became the leader, and continued till he died. A local preacher many years, he often spoke at revival services and camp meetings. He was a trustee of the church and superintendent of Sunday school for years. Once he was appointed the delegate to the District Meeting held at Sheffield. 

The death of his wife was a great blow to him. They were generous and supported the missions and other good causes. For a long time they kept a good home for the minister and “locals.”

Our brother died in peace on January 13th, and was interred in Youlgrave Burial Ground on January 16th. Rev. H. MacRow, the minister of the circuit, some local preachers and officials, attended the funeral.


John was born in 1837 at Youlgrave, Derbyshire, to parents Francis Evans, a lead miner (1851), and Ann Rowland. He was baptised on 8 March 1837 at Youlgrave.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 lead miner
  • 1861 lead miner
  • 1871 labourer
  • 1881 lead miner
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 general labourer
  • 1911 formerly a farmer

He married Hannah Knowles (1836-1913) in the summer of 1859 at Youlgrave, Derbyshire. 

John died on 13 January 1915 at Youlgrave, Derbyshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/413

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Youlgrave can also be spelt Youlgreave.

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