Lewis, John (1844-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J. Dobson

On March 27th, 1915, Mr. John Lewis, of the Ealing Church, passed away at the age of seventy-one years. In youth he dedicated himself to God, and to the end of his career his devotion and uprightness were apparent to all with whom he came into contact. 

For many years he was associated with the Bible Christian Church, but on coming to reside at Ealing he cast in his lot with our Church, and into its services and business meetings he put his very best. He held the office of class leader, was treasurer of the Sunday school, and a trustee of the minister’s house. In disposition he was most generous, and not only will the Church funds miss his support, but many a private individual also. He represented the circuit in the District Synod, and was elected as a delegate to the Norwich Conference. 

His mortal remains were laid to rest amid many tokens of esteem, and the writer feels he has lost a special personal friend.


John was born in the spring of 1844 at St James, Bristol, Gloucestershire, to parents Isaac Lewis, a painter (1851), and Jane Widlock.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 apprentice
  • 1871 coach builder
  • 1881 coach maker
  • 1891 coach builder
  • 1901 coach builder
  • 1911 coach builder

He married Harriet Eliza Cole (1847-1900) on 2 May 1868 at Denbigh Road Wesleyan Chapel, Kensington, London. Census returns identify six children.

  • Lilian Harriet (1869-1912) – married Arthur Sydney Salter, a carriage and motor painter (1911), in 1899
  • Ethel Mary A (1871-1890)
  • Ernest John Victor (1874-1956) – a coach builder (1911)
  • Helena Annie Thurza (1875-1955) – married Edward Howes, a commercial clerk (1901), in 1900
  • Mabel Louisa (1878-1957) – married Arthur Sydney Salter in 1914
  • Amy (1880-1881)

He married Elizabeth (b abt1845) circa 1902

John died on 27 March 1915 at Ealing, Middlesex.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/748

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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