Bacon, John (1841-1914)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1897

Early years

John was born on 14 May 1841 at Nottingham. His father James was a master hatter and useful local preacher.

As a boy, John attended Hockley Chapel and Sunday School. He was converted aged 16 and was soon a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir. Samuel Antliff directed John in local preachers studies. John took his first planned service on 18 April 1858. He was recommended for the ministry by John Dickenson.


John’s preaching was eminently practical, and his work was that which endures, because his aim was the salvation of sinners, the purification of believers and above all the glory of God.

John published a lecture on kindness.

His obituary records that John was pure in motive, noble in ambition and heroic in the struggle for righteousness. He hated all meanness and sham. He was ever earnest in the salvation of men. He took the work of the ministry seriously, and discharged its duties with dignity and faithfulness.

John served as Secretary of the Grimsby and Lincoln District Synod and was a General Committee Delegate for the South Wales District.


John married Ann Metcalf (b abt 1840) in the summer of 1867 at Nottingham. Census returns identify four children.

  • John George (1869-1887)
  • Lily Emma Mitcott (b1870)
  • James Ernest (1873-1959) – a commercial traveller Drapery (1911)
  • Charles Thomas (b1880) – a corn merchant’s traveller (1911)

John died on 22 April 1914 at Nottingham.


  • 1862 Leicester II
  • 1863 Ilkeston
  • 1864 Boston
  • 1867 Mansfield
  • 1869 Lincoln II
  • 1871 Church Gresley
  • 1874 Clay Cross
  • 1877 Buxton
  • 1879 Boston
  • 1881 Horncastle
  • 1883 Spilsby
  • 1885 Belper
  • 1888 Hadnall
  • 1890 Whitchurch
  • 1892 Presteign
  • 1894 Wolverhampton I
  • 1896 Dawley
  • 1898 Rhondda I
  • 1902 Wolverhampton (S)
  • 1908 Cardiff
  • 1911 Droitwich
  • 1913 Nottingham


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1897/83; 1914/570

PM Minutes 1914/13

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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