Hunter, John (1834-1916)

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

By the death of John Hunter on February 15th one of the last links with our founders has been broken in South Shields. He was in his eighty-second year, and had a life-long connection with our Church. He was the father of Baring Street Society, being deputed to organise it by the old Glebe Leaders in 1876. A life-long abstainer, he was deeply interested in the temperance movement, especially amongst the young, and for fifty-five years was president of the Band of Hope. 

His sunny nature and ever-youthful heart made him an ideal school superintendent, and he had just entered upon his fifty-fifth year in that office. His best work was probably done in the school. He was also a trustee and class leader, and in both spheres his services were efficient and praiseworthy. 

A stalwart in every sense of the word; large of heart, genial in nature, a whole-souled Christian, he is sincerely mourned throughout the circuit.


John was born in 1834 at South Shields, Co. Durham. I have not been able to unambiguously identify his parents in online records.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 butcher & greengrocer
  • 1871 butcher
  • 1881 butcher
  • 1891 butcher
  • 1901 butcher (shop-keeper)

He married Ann Proudlock (1838-1891) on 8 July 1855 at Holy Trinity, South Shields, Co. Durham. Census returns and birth records identify nine children.

  • Dorothy (1856-1936) – married James Taylor Dagleas, a plumber (1911), in 1879
  • Isabella (1857-1932) – married Samuel Waterhouse, a grocer (1891), in 1882
  • Dinah Jane (abt1860-1913) – married Stephen Smith Robson, a mercantile marine clerk (1891), in 1881
  • Annie (1862-1913) – married William Henry Johnson, a butcher (1901), in 1884
  • Elizabeth Alice (1864-1925)
  • Mary Eleanor (1867-1912)
  • Georgina Bird (1870-1965) – married John Riddle, a marine engineer (1901), in 1897
  • Lydia (1874-1874)
  • Charlotte (1876-1956) – a musician (1921)

He married Jane Margaret de Redder (nee Howell) (1860-1941) on 19 October 1896 at St Aiden’s, South Shields, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • John (1897-1962) – a shipyard joiner (1921)
  • Lydia (1898-1970) – married Thomas Scrafton, a trade union secretary (1939), in 1923
  • Margaret Ethel (b1903) – a shop assistant (millinery) (1921); married Joseph Peel, a shipyard plater (1939), in 1925

John died on 15 February 1916 at South Shields, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/412

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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