Pursglove, John (1821-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Buxton

Mr. John Pursglove, of Middleton, died in peace June 19th, 1909, in his eighty-ninth year, and was interred at Youlgrave, June 21st. This photo was taken in his eighty-seventh year. Converted early in life, our brother became a member of our cause at Middleton and. remained one until his removal from earth to heaven. He has been missed very much in the home, chapel, village, and neighbourhood; “Being dead, yet speaketh.”

He knew Hugh Bourne, had heard him preach, and delighted to talk about him and other worthies. He was punctual at the means of grace, and loved the house of God. Being a good singer he started the tunes for a long time. A liberal giver to the cause of Christ, kind to the poor and afflicted, he believed in loving his neighbour as himself. The preachers always found a home with him. 

He left four sons, and one daughter; one of the brothers is the Society steward. He and his brother Henry provide a home for the preachers now.


John was born on 9 February 1821 at Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire, to parents Henry Pursglove and Martha Smedley. He was baptised on 22 July 1821 at Bakewell Wesleyan Chapel.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 farmer’s son
  • 1861 farmer
  • 1871 farmer of 39 acres
  • 1881 farmer of 56 acres
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer

He married Sarah Marsden (abt1827-1899) in the summer of 1856 in the Bakewell Registration District, Derbyshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Joseph (1857-1919) – a farmer (1911)
  • Henry (1859-1951) – a farmer with brother Joseph (1911)
  • William (1861-1948) – a farm labourer (cowman) (1911)
  • Mary (b1863) – not identified after 1891
  • John (1866-1957) – a farmer (1911)

John died on 19 June 1909 at Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/918

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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