Johnson, Hannah (nee Buxton) (1832-1907)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William Capper

Mrs. Hannah Johnson, a member of the Primitive Methodist Church for sixty years, was called to the higher fellowship on December 7th, 1907. Her father and grandfather, John Buxton, jun. and senr., were both local preachers, and their names appear on the first printed plan of the preachers in the Society of the people called Primitive Methodists in the year 1813. Her father, John Buxton, jun., was asked by James Bourne to become a travelling preacher when, as a single man, he was free during the winter months, to engage in pioneer work. He missioned in the Counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, and Staffordshire, and preached and visited from house to house. He received no salary, and was a local preacher for fifty-three years. Sister Johnson had reason to be proud of her ancestry. Converted at an early age she was a member of the choir at Sandbach until her marriage, after which she resided at Tunstall. The last thirty-eight years of her life were spent at Wolstanton in the Burslem Circuit. 

Of a very cheerful disposition and strong religious convictions she was a liberal supporter of the cause. She always manifested a spirit of helpfulness and sympathy with young people. A real progressive Primitive Methodist, she often engaged with the younger members of the Church in open-air missions and during the year 1906, when seventy-four years of age, attended the memorable open-air Evangelistic services held in Ellison Street. Her funeral was largely attended, and was conducted by Revs. W. Bennion and J.E. Woodfield, Circuit ministers.

Her funeral sermon was preached at Wolstanton on Sunday, December 22nd, 1907, by the Rev. W. Bennion, at which service a full and interesting memoir was read by the writer. May all members of her family meet her in the Homeland.


Hannah was born in 1832 at Sandbach, Cheshire, to parents John, a brickmaker, and Elizabeth.

She married William Johnson (1828-1897), a potter (1861) and later a grocer, in early 1854 at Sandbach, Cheshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Stephen (1855-1918) – a potter, dish & basin maker (1911)
  • William (abt1857-1916)
  • Jabez (1859-1900) – a potter (1881)
  • Joseph (b1864) – a butcher (1881)

Hannah died on 7 December 1907 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/156

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