Jacobs, John (1837-1921)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

The Chancellor of the Ryde and Ventnor Station has held his office for about a quarter of a century. Converted in 1863, Mr. Jacobs became a member at Ventnor, but on removing some years later, he joined the Sandown Society.

Though possessed of few educational advantages he was early pressed into the ranks of the lay ministry in which he has for forty-three years rendered conspicuous service. Open-air evangelism has ever been particularly dear to him and today, notwithstanding his seventy and odd years, he revels in street preaching and camp meetings.

Ever since the formation of the Missions District, Mr. Jacobs has been a familiar figure at the annual synod, having represented his station some twenty times. On five occasions he has been honoured as a delegate to Conference.

Hale and vigorous, his eye is as yet undimmed and his ardour unabated. May he long be spared to serve the Church he loves so well.


Family and other information

John was born in 1837 at Wroxall, Isle of Wight, to parents Isaac and Amelia. Isaac worked the land.

Census returns proved the following information about his occupations.

  • 1861 labourer
  • 1881 coal agent
  • 1891 coal merchant
  • 1901 coal merchant
  • 1911 coal merchant

John married Sarah Ann Bull (1834-1893) on 23 February 1856 at Newchurch, Isle of Wight. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Mary Ann (b1856) – a domestic cook (1881)
  • Agnes Sarah (1860-1939) – married Benjamin W Cowell, a woollen warehouseman (1911)
  • Amelia Elizabeth (1862-1947) – married Alfred Mabey, a wine merchant’s porter (1911)
  • John Henry (b1865) – a baker; later a grocer and general dealer (1911)
  • Ellen Louisa (abt1867-1955) – married Charles Joseph Pidgeon, a railway clerk
  • James Henry (1869-1889)
  • Walter (b1871)
  • Jeremiah George (b1872) – general carter (1911)
  • Edith (b abt1878) – married George Edgar Cotton, a bricklayer

John married Louisa Emma Legg (b1849) in the summer of 1895 on the Isle of Wight.

John died on 14 April 1921 at Shanklin, Isle of Wight.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/796

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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