Horner, John (1843-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

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

Mr. John Horner, member of St. John’s Road, Scarborough I., for forty years, was born at Pickering, Yorks, in 1843, and came to reside at Scarborough about 1870. In his early days he was wild and reckless, but through the zeal of Mr. John Shields was brought to the Saviour. At once he became identified with St. John’s Road, and set himself to remedy his defective education. 

He became a most acceptable local preacher, and was also for many years a successful class leader. His faithfulness, devotion and zeal for God’s cause made him beloved by all who knew him. Recently he has been in failing health and obliged to relinquish some of his work as a consequence, but whenever he spoke, his rich experience, his unbounded trust, and his clear spiritual insight never failed to impress his hearers. 

On April 8th the Master called him home. There was a large gathering of relatives and friends on April 10th to pay their last respects to him at the funeral, conducted by Rev. Geo. Hind.


John was born in 1843 at Pickering, Yorkshire, to parents William Horner, a tile maker (1851), and Amy Young. He was baptised on 28 November 1843 at Pickering.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 farm servant
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 railway engine driver
  • 1911 retired engine driver

He married Mary Foster (1847-1905) in the spring of 1867 in the Pickering Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns and birth records  identify four children.

  • Joseph (1868-1891)
  • William (1871-1903) – a van-man (1891); manager of tea stores (1901)
  • George (1873-1878)
  • Ruth (1882-1885)

John died on 8 August 1912 at Scarborough, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/748

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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