Ferriday, Jonah (1817-1900)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

MR. JONAH FERRIDAY, late of Oakengates’ fell asleep in Jesus on November 10th, 1900, aged 82. This venerable saint finished an exemplary Christian course in the peace of God. He gave his heart to God in one of our services held in a cottage in Oakengates over forty years ago, since which time he maintained an unbroken fellowship with us. He adorned his membership with a zeal, a consistency, and a happy perseverance that earned for him a universal respect – a respect that deepened with his increasing years. Enjoying the full confidence of his brethren he was appointed to the offices of Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and superintendent, also of society steward and class-leader, and of treasurer to the trustees, all which positions he filled with humble fidelity. He never lost his spiritual-mindedness, his godly simplicity, nor his tender-heartedness. His piety shone at home. He lived a sanctified life before his family; and his prayers and example are, for them, a precious inheritance. Through his surviving family he will, though dead, be yet speaking. Such a prayerful, humble, earnest, loving life as his, if lived up to throughout the official and unofficial ranks of our Connexion, would place it on higher ground than it has even yet reached.—W. FORTH.

Family and other information

Jonah was baptised on 30 November 1817 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Wombridge, Shropshire. His parents were John and Jane.

Census returns give the following occupations for Jonah.

  • 1841 miner
  • 1851 miner
  • 1861 ironstone miner
  • 1871 charter master
  • 1881 no occupation
  • 1891 living on own means

Jonah married Elizabeth Crannage (1818-1852) on 20 May 1838 at Little Wenlock, Shropshire. Census  returns identify one child.

  • Hannah (1850-1858)

Jonah married Mary Grieves (1833-1897) in the spring of 1853 in the Shifnal Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Joseph (b abt1855)
  • John (b1858)
  • Enoch Lucas (1860-1946) – a commercial traveller (1911)
  • Ann Selina (b1862) – married Denis Corbett, a refreshment housekeeper, in 1883
  • Jonah Grieves (1867-1947) – a PM Minister


Christian Messenger 1901/31

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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