John was born abt1852 at Biggs Main, Northumberland, to parents John, a coal miner, and Ann.
Before entering the ministry, John worked as a joiner (1871).
He married Barbara Hannah Todd (1854-1879) in the summer of 1877 in the Gateshead Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify one child.
- Ann (b1878)
He married Mary Ann McKinlay (abt1863-1951) in late 1880 in the Lanchester Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify four of seven children.
- Minnie Dora (abt1883-1933) – married Herbert Cremer in 1918
- Leslie Wingfold (1886-1918) – a bank clerk (1911); died in WW1
- Edward Arnold (1891- 1973) – an insurance clerk (1911); insurance company branch manager (1939)
- Lottie Harrison (1900-1968)
After leaving the PM ministry, John became a Congregational minister.
John died on 31 July 1938 at Portsmouth, Hampshire.
- 1873 Staithes
- 1878 Stanley
- 1881 N Shields
- 1885 Gateshead
- 1888 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers