Graham, John Fairlamb (1844-1914)

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

John F. Graham, born at Henshaw, January, 1844, died at Haltwhistle, January 14th, 1914, within a fortnight of his seventieth birthday. Less than a year ago he had a paralytic seizure, and shortly afterwards his devoted wife was called home with scarcely a day’s warning. 

He had been a member for about fifty-four years and a local preacher from early manhood, his life-long service being given to his native circuit. He always took a keen interest in Connexional affairs, was a regular attender of district committees and district meetings, and was frequently a delegate to Conference. He also gave considerable attention to the social and educational interests of the neighbourhood. 

During his illness the Bible was his solace and delight. His witness was clear, and he died in the faith. His devoted niece, Miss Graham, is investing £100, the interest of which will bring in perpetual class money for her uncle and aunt. Though absent, he will therefore be continually remembered, and in other respects “he, being dead, yet speaketh.”


John was born in January 1844 at Henshaw, Northumberland, to parents John Graham, a farm labourer (1851), and Mary Fairlamb Robson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 carter
  • 1871 grocer & draper
  • 1881 store manager – general shop
  • 1891 auctioneer
  • 1901 auctioneer
  • 1911 auctioneer

He married Mary Jane Newton (1849-1913) on 30 December 1869 at Lambley, Northumberland. John died on 14 January 1914 at Haltwhistle, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/246

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