Ramsay, John (1849-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

With sorrow we record the death, on February 27th, of Bro. J. Ramsay, of East Boldon, South Shields Station. He was born at Cramlington just sixty-seven years ago, and has been practically a life-long witness for Jesus Christ and Primitive Methodism. His business obliged him to reside at many different centres, but wherever he was, his first care was to seek fellowship with our own Church and unite heartily in all her activities. 

He was a local preacher of no mean order, and his services were in constant demand in his own and adjacent circuits. With all the doggedness and grit associated with his Northumbrian ancestry he had withal a sunniness of disposition and a cordiality of manner which won all hearts. He was straight, sincere and transparent. He loved God and loved his Church, and it was a source of deep gratification to him that one of his sons entered our ministry (Rev. J. Ramsay, Berwick). To his children he has left an unblemished name, and the record of a life well spent and a work well done.

He was interred at Earsden on March 1st.


John was born abt1849 at Bedlington, Northumberland, to parents Jonathan Ramsay, a coal miner (1861), and Jane Smith.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1861 no occupation
  • 1881 insurance agent
  • 1891 insurance superintendent
  • 1901 insurance agent
  • 1911 retired insurance collector

He married Mary Ann Dobinson (1849-1909) in the summer of 1874 in the Tynemouth Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify four children.

  • Joseph (1876-1945) – a PM minister
  • John W (1879-1925) – a draper (1901)
  • Elizabeth Jane (1881-1958) – married James Absalom, a plate and sheet glass merchant (1911), in 1908
  • Mary Ann (1886-1982) – married Robert William Harbottle Lowther, a bank manager (1939), in 1911

John died on 27 February 1916 at East Boldon, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/488

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records identify that John was born at Bedlington, not Cramlington as stated in the obituary.

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