John was born in late 1880 at Elsecar, Barnsley, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Bowden, a platelayer, and Elizabeth Reeve.
He married Hilda Margaret Bull (1885-1972) in the summer of 1909 at Swindon, Wiltshire. Birth records identify one child.
- Arthur Thomas C (1913-1996) – a dental surgeon (1939)
John died on 20 September 1966 at Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.
- 1904 Malton
- 1906 Wakefield
- 1908 Pembroke Dock
- 1909 Gainsborough
- 1912 Grimsby II
- 1915 Manchester XII
- 1918 resigned
- 1920 Southport, West End – Congregational Minister
- 1926 Burton on Trent
- 1933 Birmingham, Union Row
- 1948 retired
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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