Allison, John (1820-1895)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875

John was born on 9 August 1820 at Wretton, Norfolk to parents James and Mary. He was baptised on 20 August 1820 at Wretton. The 1841 census records him as an agricultural labourer.

John was converted in February 1843. Within a year he was ‘on the plan’ and spent two successful years as a local preacher.


One colleague, quoted in his obituary wrote; ‘I always regarded him as a man of stern principle, clear in his denunciation of wrong, one who was prepared at any cost to uphold the right and true; one of God’s heroes, who did not seek the praise of men so much as the approval of his own conscience and the ‘Well done of the Maker’.’

Another writes; ‘As a preacher he was clear, solid and forceful, and many were led by the cogency of his reasoning to “Consider their ways and be wise”.’


John married Susannah Bell (1830-1919) in the summer of 1851 at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Rosaline Felicia (1854-1864)
  • Laura Jane (1855-1861)
  • Ellie Lenora (1857-1941) – married John William Nurse, a teacher and later registrar
  • John George (b1860) – a chemist
  • Rosaline Laura L J (1867-1887)
  • Agatha Maud (1869-1924) – a music teacher ;  married Lewis Victor Jarvis, a builder.

John died on 4 April 1895 at Stock, Essex.


  • 1847 Upwell
  • 1848 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1849 Briston
  • 1851 Norwich l
  • 1853 Cambridge
  • 1855 Yarmouth
  • 1858 Brandon
  • 1859 Stowmarket
  • 1861 Thetford
  • 1864 Ipswich
  • 1866 Docking
  • 1870 Wangford
  • 1873 Thetford
  • 1877 Wisbech
  • 1878 Colchester
  • 1881 Fakenham
  • 1884 Docking
  • 1886 Chelmsford (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1895/19

W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • Do you have any further information on John Allison? He figures in my family tree via Ellie Lenora

    By George Bishop (22/05/2013)
  • That is all the information I have from sources available at Englesea Brook and on the internet. There may be more information in records of the circuits where he was stationed. These, if they exist, should be lodged in the relevant County Archive.

    By Geoff Dickinson (22/05/2013)

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