Fawcett, John (1843-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Thomas Dickinson

John Fawcett was born at Bolton (Wigton) on June 21st, 1843. He resided at Ellenborough, Maryport, and in the neighbourhood for upwards of forty-three years. After his marriage in Ellenborough old chapel forty-two years ago, he, with his wife, continued in holy and blessed fellowship with our Church until his translation, which took place with tragic suddenness on December 19th, 1912. Of the marriage there have been born four daughters and three sons —one of whom is the Rev. G. Fawcett, of Sunderland.

Our departed brother was an eminently devout and exemplary Christian, who knew and loved his Bible and the value of daily communion. How radiant his face became when speaking of good things; how responsive he was when one spoke to him of the grand possibilities of the Church of Jesus Christ; what a relish he had for the class and prayer meeting and the public means of grace, and what a keen disappointment it was to him when for any reason he could not attend. How kindly he spoke to the minister, and how fervently he prayed on his behalf. 

A local preacher for forty-three years, our brother occupied the principal pulpits on his own circuit and for miles around. A generous trustee whose judgment could be relied on. A most devoted visitor of the sick, poor and the sorrowing. An ardent open-air worker, how bravely would he take his part in singing and speaking. He was a man who won his way into our esteem.

On Sunday, December 22nd, 1912, the mortal remains were laid to rest in the churchyard at Dearham. The funeral service and a memorial service in the evening were conducted by the writer.

Family

John was born on 21 June 1843 at Bolton, Cumberland, to mother Rachel.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 underground manager
  • 1901 colliery undermanager
  • 1911 shop-keeper – fishmonger

He married Mary Ellen Smith (1850-1937) in late 1872 in the Cockermouth Registration District, Cumberland. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Elizabeth (1871-1949) – married John Greenhow, a farmer, in 1892
  • George (1874-1950) – a PM minister
  • Tom (1876-1950) – a foreman engineer (1911)
  • Rachel Ann (1878-1946) – married Joseph William Gibbins, a coal miner (1911) in 1896
  • William John (1881-1955) – a coal miner (1911)
  • Mary Ellen (1887-1970) – married James Thompson, a limestone quarryman (1939), in 1908
  • Annie Hilda (1893-1976) – married Ernest Thompson, a sewage and water attendant (1939), in 1919

John died on 19 December 1912 at Cleator Moor, Cumberland.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/410

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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