Marriott, Councillor Jonathan J.P. (1859-1913)

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

Born March 22nd, 1859, near Barnsley, Jonathan Marriott passed away at Birmingham on February 11th after a brief illness. A splendid example of the God-pleasing life was his.

Of godly parentage, at John Street, Sheffield, he found loyal hearts who helped him to grow in grace. He began to preach, under the care of the late Henry Adams, when only sixteen. An insurance inspector, in all the towns where he lived religion was never forgotten. Expert at business, his office was an oratory and his work a means of grace. At Birmingham he toiled terribly in church and in civic life. 

Reverenced and loved as few men are, his death came as a severe shock. He was white throughout. He had the face of one who had seen a vision, the accent of one whose life was attuned to the heavenly harmonies. 

He married Miss Alice Bunting of Matlock, who, with two daughters, mourns her loss. Great is the gap made in the Church of which he was an outstanding figure, and the station of which he was steward. May God grant us other souls so choice and strong.


Jonathan was born on 22 March 1859 at Barnsley, Yorkshire, to parents Richard Marriott, a factory watchman (1871), and Martha Smedley.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Jonathan.

  • 1871 clothier’s errand boy
  • 1881 joiner
  • 1891 life assurance agent
  • 1901 life insurance superintendent & local preacher
  • 1911 life assurance manager

He married Alice Bunting (1861-1948) in the spring of 1881 in the Ecclesall Bierlow Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Faith Ethel (1882-1967) – a commercial clerk (1901); married James Baker Wilkes, a building contractor (1911), in 1907; died in New Zealand
  • Alice Blanche Mabel (1888-1954) – married James Parker Garner, Managing Director electric vehicles (1939), in 1912

Jonathan died on 11 February 1913 at Sparkhill, Birmingham, Warwickshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/327

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