Bennett, John (1855-1943)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Early years

John was born in 1855 at Halifax, Yorkshire to parents William Bennett and Elizabeth Leng. William was a PM Minister.

John was apprenticed to a draper before entering the ministry.


John was an illuminating preacher with a gift of apt illustration. He particularly excelled in exposition.

John was a Passive Resister, possibly holding the record for terms of imprisonment resulting from reiterated protests against Mr Balfour’s Education Act.

His obituary records that John was a Puritan in disposition, setting before himself the same high standard which he expected in others. His judgement, though often exacting, was tempered with charity.

During his retirement, John took charge of a country church, which under his leadership, developed into a strong society.


John married Mary Dawson (b abt1853) in the summer of 1882 at Bradford, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Hugh Garner (1884-1955) – an analyst at a tannery (1911) and local preacher, later a glove manufacturer (1943)
  • William Gordon (b1892) – a student at Leeds University (1911) and local preacher, later a yeast works manager (1943)

John died on 19 May 1943 at Gnosall, Staffordshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1876 Halifax
  • 1878 Wakefield
  • 1880 Middleham
  • 1883 Leeds V
  • 1886 Helmsley
  • 1889 Pickering
  • 1893 Idle & Calverley
  • 1896 Whitby
  • 1898 Normanton
  • 1902 Leeds VIII
  • 1905 Spennymoor
  • 1910 Scarborough I
  • 1913 Allendale
  • 1916 Leeds V
  • 1919 Leamington
  • 1921 Oldbury
  • 1924 Bexhill (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/254

Methodist Minutes 1943/137

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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