Lister, John (1849-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Swales

In the death of John Lister on April 23rd Great Thornton Street Church, Hull, has been bereft of its oldest official. Coming from Market Weighton in 1869, he at once joined Thornton Street Church and became a worker in the Sunday school and Church. He was a conscientious class leader, and was greatly beloved and respected by his members. A trustee for about nineteen years, he also acted as sidesman and pew steward for a considerable period. He had the honour, which he greatly prized, of representing his Circuit in the District Meeting. 

Mr. Lister was a quiet, unostentatious man, thoroughly devoted to home and church interests. His walk with God was close and consistent. The interment took place in the Western Cemetery on April 27th, and a memorial service was conducted by the writer on May 2nd at Thornton Street Church. The sympathy of the Church is extended to the sorrowing widow and family. 


John was born in the summer of 1849 at Market Weighton, Yorkshire, to parents William Lister, a dockworker labourer (1861), and Mary Holmes.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 railway carter
  • 1881 railway signalman
  • 1891 signalman
  • 1901 signalman railway
  • 1911 porter

He married Amelia Elliott (1850-1928) in the spring of 1875 at Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Ann Elliott (1877-1955) – married Nicholas Harrison, a plate layer (1911), in 1901
  • William Elliott (1879-1950) – tramway conductor (1911); tram driver (1939)
  • Christiana (1883-1957) – a milliner (1901); married George William Haigh, engineer marine and loco work (1921), in 1917
  • Amelia (1884-1963) – married George Henry Burton, a moulder’s labourer (1911), in 1911
  • Edith (1890-1967) – sweetshop assistant (1911); domestic shop assistant (1939)

John died on 23 April 1915 at Hull, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/831

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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