Ross, John (1835-1914)

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

John Ross was a consistent and devoted member, and a loyal official, of Filey Church —“the Fishermen’s Church”—for the long space of sixty-six years. He passed away at the ripe age of seventy-eight, and was laid to rest by the North Sea, on which much of his earlier life had been spent. 

He found delight in Christian fellowship and in Christian service. Unostentatious as he was, his zeal brought him into the front rank. Converted at thirteen under the ministry of Rev. T. Newsome, he steadily grew in character and usefulness, and became a class leader and local preacher at twenty, and in both capacities rendered splendid service. Perhaps he was most at home in the class meeting, and there his wise and winsome words gave guidance and inspiration to all the members. He was always ready to take the lowest place and perform the humblest task. 

His children are serving the Church in different places and in different ways. One son and three daughters are members of Filey Church. May all at last be reunited in the city of love and light!


John was born in 1835 at Filey, Yorkshire, to parents Isaac Ross, a fisherman (1841), and Ann Castle. He was baptised on 2 March 1835 at Filey.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 fisherman’s son
  • 1861 fisherman
  • 1871 fisherman
  • 1881 fisherman
  • 1891 grocer
  • 1901 grocer
  • 1911 retired grocer

He married Eliza Ann Wheeler (1836-1895) in early 1861 in the Scarborough Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Isaac (1861-1938) – stage rigger in shipyard (1891); carrier 91901); chapel keeper for Primitive Methodists (1911)
  • Sarah Lizzie (1865-1916) – married Bethel Boyes Sharpe, a jobbing gardener (1911), in 1886
  • Malinda (1867-1939) – a confectioner (1911)
  • Thomas (1870-1937) – a fish merchant (1901)
  • Mary Wheeler (1872-1948) – a confectioner (1911); married Richard Ferguson Scotter, a fish merchant (1921), in 1915
  • Samuel (1875-1965) – a fisherman (1911)
  • Eliza Ann (1878-1951) – a confectioner (1911)

John died in early 1914 at Filey, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/326

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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