Hughes, John (1867-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W.L.

Born at Hill Top, West Bromwich, in 1867, John Hughes was born again at Crawford village, in the St. Helen’s Circuit, in 1879. Two years after his conversion he became a local preacher and rendered splendid service in the Lowton and St. Helen’s Circuits. In Sunday-school work he was very happy. His consecration and ability were evident to all, and God gave many seals to his ministry. 

His last days were spent at Douglas Bank, in the Wigan Circuit, where, in spite failing health, he still preached occasionally and treasured the means of grace. His heart was in the work to the last. The call to higher service came on September 22nd, 1913, in the forty-sixth year of his age and the thirty-fourth year of his membership with our Church. 

The writer often visited him in his last affliction and found him full of assurance and victory. In the interment service at Upholland Parish Church, the Rev. J.W. Lancaster was assisted by Revs. B. Fell and J. Wright. A memorial service was held at Douglas Bank.


John was born in the spring of 1867 at Hill Top, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, to parents George, an iron worker (1871), and Ann.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal miner hewer
  • 1911 coal miner hewer

He married Emma Bryan (1867-1951) in the summer of 1888 in the Wigan Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify nine of ten children.

  • Sarah Elizabeth (1888-1971) – assisting on farm (1921); married Frederick C Iball in 1937
  • Frederick (1891-1958) – coal filler underground (1911); grocer (master) (1939)
  • Reuben (1893-1961) – coal filler underground (1911); motor haulage contractor (1939)
  • Annie (1898-1983) – cotton weaver’s tenter (1911); married James Walter Naylor, a bus driver (1939), in 1922
  • John (1899-1911
  • Albert (1901-1980) – colliery below ground haulage hand (1921)
  • Benjamin Whitley (1903-1946) – grocer’s assistant (1921); a master wholesale cheese factor (1939)
  • Henry (1904-1974) – grocer’s assistant (1921); wholesale cheese factor & grocer (1939)
  • Edith (1906- – sewing machinist (1921); married James Kynaston, a road foreman (1939), in 1939

John died on 22 September 1913 at Douglas Bank, Wigan, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/329

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