Newman, John (1841-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.F.F.

John Newman was born in Staffordshire, but very early in life came to reside at Spennymoor, where, as a mere boy, he found Christ and became connected with the Church worshipping at that time in what was known as “the old Glory Shop.” To him the change was a change indeed. A glad, joyous note distinguished the whole of his subsequent life. 

In 1866 he removed to Page Bank. A church was formed there, and from the beginning he has been one of its most prominent figures. For many years, as class leader and local preacher, he rendered most valuable service. It was, however, in his saintly character and life that the little Church found one of its greatest assets. He was the kindliest and most gentle-spirited of men, more at home in a devotional service than in a business meeting, ever profoundly solicitous not to hurt but to help and heal. What the influence of his life has meant not to the Church only but to the locality it would be difficult to say. 

On June 27th, 1913, at the age of seventy-two, he passed away. A striking evidence of the affection and esteem in which he was held was seen in the immense numbers that gathered about his grave.


John was born abt1841 at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, to parents Joseph Newman, an iron puddler (1851), and Ann Broomfield.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 colliery timekeeper
  • 1871 weighman & local preacher
  • 1881 weighman at colliery
  • 1891 weighman coalmine
  • 1901 master weighman at colliery
  • 1911 master weigh man colliery pit heap

He married Ann Robson (1842-1913) on 9 December 1866 at Witton Gilbert, Co. Durham. Census returns identify six of eight children.

  • Joseph (1871-1956) – a coal miner stonework underground (1911)
  • Gilbert (1873-1960) – a coal miner (hewer) (1911)
  • John (1876-1944) – a colliery clerk (1911)
  • Ann (1878-1972) – married William Waugh, deputy overman (1911), in 1902
  • Frances (1881-1968) – married Nicholas Waugh, a hardware & furniture salesman (1911), in 1907
  • Sarah (1884-1976) – a certified assistant school teacher (1911)

John died on 27 June 1913 at Page Bank, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/240

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Thank you for this. Gilbert was my great-grandfather.

    By Kathryn Dransfield (01/03/2023)

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