Leuty, John (1831-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Mr. John Leuty, of Bradford Sixth Circuit, was born at Winksley on August 31st, 1831, of poor, but respectable parents. His mother was a member of our Church for many years. He was converted at a cottage prayer meeting when he was seventeen years old. His future wife was joined to Jesus and the Church in 1849, so that their joint membership totals one hundred and thirty-three years. Upon their golden wedding, September 21st, 1909, the Rehoboth Church presented them with an illuminated address, with an inset photograph of the venerable couple. 

This dear old veteran was a class leader fifty-six years, a local preacher fifty years, school superintendent, Band of Hope worker, church trustee, not only of chapels in easy circumstances, but where it meant great anxiety, hard work; and much financial sacrifice. The Pateley Bridge, Tadcaster, and Bradford VI. Circuits each sent him as delegate to the District Synod. He toiled incessantly, and many letters were received testifying to good resulting from his labours. 

He was the grand old man of Rehoboth Church, and Mrs. Leuty has long been the grand old woman of it, while their children and grandchildren rise up and call them blessed. 

He has gone to the larger life. Rev. F. Smith conducted a service in the church, and at the graveside, assisted by Rev. Rose.


John was born on 31 August 1831 at Winksley, Yorkshire, to parents John Leuty, a linen bleacher (1851), and Elizabeth Cowling. He was baptised on 4 September 1831 at Winksley.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 thread dresser
  • 1861 linen thread finisher
  • 1871 assurance agent & thread finisher
  • 1881 commission agent
  • 1891 life assurance agent
  • 1901 Prudential insurance agent
  • 1911 retired life assurance collector

He married Mary Wetherill (1835-1916) on 21 September 1859 at Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three of five children.

  • Ann Alice (1860-1946) – a milliner (1881); married Samuel Calverley, a draper’s traveller (1901), in 1887
  • Clara Elizabeth (1863-1944) – domestic servant (1881); dressmaker (1891); draper (1911)
  • Arthur George W (1876-1890)

John died on 1 August 1915 at Bradford, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/159

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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