Welbourne, John Parker (1848-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

John Parker Welbourne, son of Rev. George Welbourne, one of our early ministers, passed to his  Saviour’s presence, May 3rd, 1910. A member over forty years, he was one of the five far-seeing men who, with heroism born of faith, secured the site for the beautiful Harehills Avenue Church, and became a trustee, S.S. superintendent, and class leader. Some of his best work was done as visitor of Sunday School scholars and the sick members of the Church. 

Christ was very real to him and equally precious. His faith was simple and all sufficient. What a treat it was to hear him pray! Humbleness, gratitude, confidence, and the note of triumphant victory were never missing. To him prayer was an unspeakable privilege that brought unbounded blessings. Proud of his church, he gave her the best he had. Intelligent, devout, evangelistic, and with a firm hold on things that matter, he was a brave comrade and a loving and beloved brother. His fellow-workmen greatly respected him. 

He has left a widow, a daughter, and three sons, one of whom is in our ministry and the other two are local preachers.


John was born on 28 March 1848 at Pontefract, Yorkshire, to parents George Welbourne, a PM minister, and Jane Parker. He was baptised on 10 April 1848 at Pontefract.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1871 fitter (mechanic)
  • 1891 mechanic – fitter
  • 1901 foreman mechanic

He married Sarah Huscroft (1849-1940) in late 1870 at Leeds, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • George Welbourne (1872-1962) – a PM minister
  • John William (1874-1958) – a printer’s traveller (1901)
  • Mary Louisa (b1879) – a dressmaker (1911)
  • Dobson (1887-1983) – died in Edinburgh, Scotland

John died on 3 May 1910 at Leeds, Yorkshire


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/157

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