Howe, John (1851-1912)

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

We deeply lament the death of John Howe, of Dove Holes, in the Bradwell Circuit, on October 25th, aged sixty-one years. He was interred in the Dove Holes Primitive Methodist Graveyard. There was a clear ring in his testimony for Christ, and a geniality in his goodness. He was most cheerful in his suffering; praise was often upon his lips. His singular spirituality soon forced itself upon those who met him; he talked quite naturally about religious things. Many can bear testimony to his spiritual force on their lives. 

He was diligent in service for the Master. Many years ago he was in the heart of a revival, and some attribute their conversion to his life and entreaties. He was an excellent sick visitor, the best in the village, and he loved to do this kind of work. Though his voice is silent, “he being dead yet speaketh.” The funeral service on October 29th, 1912, was conducted by Revs. J. Hancock and J. T. Goodacre.

Upon his widow and children we pray God’s blessing and peace.


John was born abt1851 at Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, to parents Samuel Howe, a limestone quarrier (1861), and Sarah Garlick.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 brick maker’s labourer
  • 1871 labourer
  • 1881 quarryman
  • 1891 quarryman
  • 1901 limestone quarryman
  • 1911 limestone quarryman

He married Charlotte Spencer (1848-1887) on 23 January 1871 at Wormhill, Derbyshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Samuel (b1872) – a limestone quarryman (1901); emigrated to Canada
  • George (1873-1930) – a limestone quarryman (1901); emigrated to Canada
  • Sarah Ann (1874-1945) – married Joshua Shirt, a quarryman (1911), in 1897; died in Toronto, Canada
  • John (b1876) – a labourer in iron works (1911); emigrated to Canada in 1914
  • William (1878-1944) – a locomotive fireman (1901); emigrated to Canada in 1909
  • James Arthur (1879-1939) – a limestone quarryman (1901); emigrated to Canada
  • Albert (1884-1925) – a limestone quarryman (1901); emigrated to Canada in 1910
  • Eve (b1885) – a domestic servant (1901); married James Shirt in 1907 after emigrating to Canada

He married Hannah Margaret Goodwin (1857-1927) in late 1887 at Bakewell Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Derbyshire. They had one child who died in infancy.

John died on 25 October 1912 at Dove Holes, Derbyshire.

Hannah married James Wilson in 1921.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/246

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