Gibbon, John (1885-1914)

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

A most useful and promising young life was lost to our King Street Church, Stretford, when, on August 20th, John Gibbon passed away at the age of twenty-nine. His parents are among the most loyal and generous supporters of our Church. 

Having grown up in our Sunday school and Church, to both he gave ungrudging service. He filled offices of trust and responsibility with diligence and honour. His courtesy, thoughtfulness and high Christian character won for him the esteem and confidence of the whole Church. 

He suffered long, but his faith in God was unshaken, and he faced the future with bright hope and a grand assurance of immortality. He has left behind a young wife and a little son to mourn his loss.


John was born in late 1885 at Stretford, Lancashire, to parents Thomas Gibbon, a market gardener (1911), and Hannah Phillips.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1901 market gardener
  • 1911 market gardener

He married May Sharples (1884-1968) in the spring of 1913 in the Barton upon Orwell Registration District, Lancashire. Birth records identify one child.

  • John Derek (1914-1939)

John died on 20 August 1914 at Stratford, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/411

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: May married John Edward Gatenby (1867-1925) on 10 June 1916.

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