Blackwell, John Harold (1907-1954)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN HAROLD BLACKWELL: born at Wolverhampton in 1907, but soon afterwards his family removed to West Bromwich, and became members of the Queen Street Church there. He was educated at the Ryland Memorial School of Art, and after training at Hartley College, he commenced his active ministry in 1930 at Crewe. He also served at Blaenavon, Chelmsford, Brigg (seven years), Gainsborough, Sheffield Surrey St. (four years) and Ellesmere Port. 

In all his circuits he served his Lord and his church with an eager devotion. Wherever he laboured the work of God prospered under his leadership. He had a genius for friendship, and was always adding to the number, not only of acquaintances, but of friends. Old and young gave him their confidence, and he served young people with ability and success. He was a true pastor, for he visited his people, he was interested in all their activities, he shared their experiences, and ministered to them in spiritual things. He was careful in his preparation for the pulpit, and declared the word that was given to him with natural fervour. He was held in high esteem by those who were privileged to know him. He had to superannuate at the Conference of 1953 because of ill-health, and though he seemed to be recovering in the subsequent months, death came unexpectedly on 2nd July 1954, in the forty-seventh year of his life, and the twenty-fourth year of his ministry.


John was born on 13 July 1907 at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, to parents John Thomas Blackwell, a spinner for an enamelled hollowware manufacturer (1911), and Frances Flora Overton.

John died on 2 July 1954 at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1930 Crewe II
  • 1933 Blaenavon
  • 1935 Chelmsford
  • 1937 Brigg &c
  • 1944 Gainsborough
  • 1947 Sheffield Surrey St
  • 1951 Ellesmere Port


Methodist Minutes 1954/144

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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