Giltrow, Jesse (1846-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

In Mr.. Jesse Giltrow, of High Town, Luton, we had a man of abounding energy and fervent zeal. For the exercise of his powers and buoyant temperament he found our Church a congenial sphere.

Born at Stanbridge in February, 1846, in our Church there he received the touch of divine fire which never left him. His mother took him to the class meeting at the age of twelve. A year later, removing to Luton, High Town became the scene of his manifold labours. For over fifty years he diligently served its interests. A very acceptable local preacher; a successful class leader, Sunday school teacher and superintendent; a regular worker in the Band of Hope, when health allowed, there was scarcely a meeting which he did not attend, nor an office which at some time he did not fill. He put his whole heart into his work, and by his cheerful, contagious activity stirred others to serve. 

For the last three years he was severely afflicted, but never lost his bright, buoyant faith. To the last hour the consciousness of Christ’s presence was precious. He entered into rest on August 30th, 1915. The memorial service was conducted by Rev. W. Curry.


Jesse was born in early 1846 at Stanbridge, Bedfordshire, to parents John Giltrow, a butcher (1851), and Phoebe Hobbs.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Jesse.

  • 1861 bucket boy on farm
  • 1871 hat blacker
  • 1881 chapel keeper
  • 1891 insurance agent
  • 1901 insurance agent
  • 1911 insurance agent

He married Harriet Sarah Wells (1845-1920) on 29 December 1866 at Luton, Bedfordshire.

Jesse died on 30 August 1915 at Luton, Bedfordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/333

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