Hunt, John (1837-1915)

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

On Tuesday, November 30th, 1915, Mr. John Hunt entered into his well-earned rest and felicity. He had attained the ripe old age of seventy-eight.

From his earliest years he had been a loyal member, and for upwards of half a century an acceptable and faithful local preacher of our Church. He was a member of the Prospect Place Church, Swindon, before the chapel was built, and was a faithful worker in connection with that church until about ten years ago, when he came to reside with his daughter at Worcester.

Here he soon became much esteemed, and for his beautiful, sweet nature, his sterling piety, his deep and earnest interest in all that concerned his Church, he became deeply loved. Though increasing years and affliction limited his attendance at the sanctuary, his interest never waned, but to the last he always eagerly enquired about the work of the Lord. 

He fittingly passed away in the act of prayer, perfectly triumphant. The funeral, which was conducted by Rev. W. Woodley, took place at Worcester.


John was born abt1837 at Preston, Wiltshire, to parents William Hunt, who worked the land (1851), and Hannah Coleman

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 agricultural labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 labourer
  • 1891 boilersmith
  • 1901 labourer in iron plate works
  • 1911 retired locomotive boiyersmith’s mate

He married Sarah Hunt (abt1838-1912) circa 1861. Census returns identify three of five children.

  • George Henry (1861-1945) – a boilermaker (1901); railway engine boilermaker (1911)
  • William John (1864-1924) – Post Office overseer (1911)
  • Ada (1870-1942) – married Walter Augustus Pye, a locomotive engine fitter (1911), circa 1901

John died on 30 November 1915 at Worcester, Worcestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/244

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