Bowles, John (1866-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

John was born in 1866 at Aberdare, Glamorgan, to parents George and Mary. George was a collier and local preacher.

John consecrated his life to the Master when aged seventeen.


Whilst on the Downham Market circuit seven chapels were renovated and the whole cost raised during his ministry. At both Leighton Buzzard and Downham Market gracious revivals were experienced, during which several hundreds were converted.

John served as Secretary to both District CE and Orphanage Committees and was also Candidates Examiner.

In 1934, John took up residence in Staines, where he continued to preach as occasion served, with unabated fervour and great acceptance. He possessed the pastoral gift to an unusual degree and was always welcome in the homes of the people.


John married Annie White (abt1877-1950) in the summer of 1897 at Luton, Bedfordshire. Census returns identify one daughter.

Dorothy Helen Annie (1906-1997) – married Joseph Harold Ranby in 1930; married Harold L Kirby in 1980

John died on 23 May 1940 at Staines, Middlesex.


  • Hartley
  • 1893 Macclesfield
  • 1894 Wakefield
  • 1895 St Day
  • 1896 Buckingham
  • 1898 Pillowell
  • 1899 Walworth & ken
  • 1903 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1906 Downham Market
  • 1910 Peterborough I
  • 1914 Tottenham
  • 1918 Scotter
  • 1921 Luton I
  • 1926 St Neots
  • 1929 Colnbrook
  • 1934 Colnbrook (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/520

Methodist Minutes 1940/181

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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