Featherstone, John (1844-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.K. Fawell

John Featherstone was born at Fox Holes, near Shotley Bridge in 1844, but when quite a child came with his parents to Stanhope. Converted at the age of sixteen, from that time he became actively interested in the work of the Church. He served as teacher, class leader and trustee, and in each capacity gave of his best, particularly in the class which he conducted for many years at Crawleyside. 

His duties as clerk on the N.E.R. led him to remove to Darlington about seventeen years ago, and then to Norton, in both of which places he is remembered as a loyal and fervent Primitive Methodist. His retirement has been spent in Stanhope. 

For some months his strength declined, and on May 31st he passed into the peace beyond. The funeral service was conducted by the Revs. E. Phillipson, T.C. Showell, and G.K. Fawell.


John was born in 1844 at Fox Holes, nr. Shotley Bridge, Co. Durham, to parents John Featherstone, a porter (1851), and Ann Bell. Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 railway labourer
  • 1871 depot agent
  • 1881 depot agent
  • 1891 coal depot agent
  • 1901 mineral agent
  • 1911 retired coal depot agent

He married Mary Vipond (1845-1917) in late 1868 at Stanhope, Co. Durham Census returns identify one child.

  • Annie Mary (1876-1939) – married John Thomas Smurthwaite, a quarry clerk (1911), in 1900

John died on 31 May 1915 at Stanhope, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/832

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records give his place of birth as Muggleswick, Co. Durham.

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