Jessop, John (1830-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

John Jessop passed away on February 14th, 1914, at the age of eighty-four years. On the 26th he was interred at the Thornhill Parish Church. For years he had been a member of the Thornhill Combs Primitive Methodist Chapel in the Ossett Circuit. Grange Moor claims to be his birthplace, and in the villages of that country-side his long life was spent. At Middlestown, Netherton, Thornhill Lees and Thornhill Combs he in turn identified himself with the Primitive Methodist Church, and at Middlestown carried the responsibilities of School superintendent and teacher. 

For six years he had been to a large extent confined to the house, but throughout this period maintained his interest in the progress of our society. His spirit was one of calm and unaffected piety. The harvest of his life is seen in the share his descendants are taking in the blessed ministries of the Church. May the spirit of such lives abide.


John was born abt1830 at Grange Moor, Yorkshire, to parents William, a weaver, and Sarah. He was baptised on 30 May 1830 at St Michael and All Angels, Thornhiill.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1841 no occupation
  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 no occupation
  • 1901 retired coal miner
  • 1911 no occupation

He married Emmaline Webb (abt1832-1897) on 24 April 1859 at Thornhill, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Eli (1860-1861)
  • Miles (1862-1931) – a coal miner (1901)
  • Hannah (1864-1939) – a cloth weaver (1891); married Charles Henry Senior, a coal miner (1911), in 1892
  • Sarah (1867-1918) – married Herbert Swallow, an iron foundry moulder (1911), in 1888
  • Emma (1873-1924) – married Friend Cowgirl, a founder at glass works (1911), in 1897

John died on 14 February 1914 at Thornhill Combs, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/330 (2)

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