Harrison, John (1849-1915)

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

John Harrison, Cornsay Colliery, was born at Bankfoot, Crook, in 1849. Converted at the age of seventeen, six years later he became a local preacher at Dipton. In 1874 his family removed to Bearpark, and during the four years he resided there our brother became affectionately known as the Bishop of Bearpark. In 1885 he married Miss Elizabeth E. Stockdale. 

Four years ago, as a result of an accident, he was compelled to retire from his work at Cornsay Colliery. He died, after a very short illness, on April 10th. Our friend was a wide reader, and painstaking and thorough in his pulpit preparation. He was a constant attender at the services of the Church, and an ardent worker among the young. To his widow, his son and daughter, a wide circle of friends in Waterhouses Circuit and beyond extend sincere sympathy.


John was born in 1849 at Bankfoot, Crook, Co. Durham, to parents John Harrison, a coal miner (1851), and Rachael Stout.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 scholar teacher
  • 1891 deputy overman at colliery
  • 1901 coal miner
  • 1911 totally disabled stone miner in coal mine

He married Elizabeth Eleanor Stockdale (1860-1948) in 1885. Census returns identify two children.

  • Esther Alsop (1886-1953) – an elementary school teacher (1911); married Arthur George Hurrell, a garage director and secretary (1939), in 1920
  • John George (b1889) – an elementary school teacher (1911)

John died on 10 April 1915 at Cornsay Colliery, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/746

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Elizabeth married John Eggleston in 1922

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