Buckley, John Samuel (1858-1927)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

John was born in 1858 at Oldham, Lancashire to parents Edwin and Alice. At the time of the 1861 census, Edwin was a druggist and confectioner.

From his earliest years, John was connected with the Lees Road Society, where he was converted at twelve years of age in the same prayer meeting as his later wife. His passionate desire to preach resulted in his entrance into the Sunderland Institute in 1879.


John did not go heavily for chapel building, but had a passion to fill the chapels, get sinners saved, build up the Church and reduce debts. He loved to preach Christ, and preached in the spirit of His love in a plain, sensible, understandable Gospel way.

Through his ministry, John held all the District secretarial offices and for many years was a member of the Candidates’ Examining Committee.

His obituary records that John was a genial and kindly soul with a rare gift for making friends. Ever sensitive to the needs and well-being of others, he studiously refrained from saying or doing anything that might give pain.


John married Elizabeth Jones (b abt1859) in the summer of 1885 at Oldham, Lancashire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Elizabeth Alice (1886-1892)
  • Stanley Edwin (1888-1946) – a PM Minister
  • Lily Gladys (b1895)

John died on 28 April 1927 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1880 Baldock
  • 1881 Saffron Walden
  • 1883 Winchester
  • 1885 Hambleton
  • 1887 Scarborough
  • 1888 Salisbury
  • 1889 Motcombe
  • 1891 Banbury
  • 1894 Salisbury
  • 1897 Blandford
  • 1900 Ebbw Vale
  • 1902 Penzance
  • 1906 Peel
  • 1908 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1911 Droxford
  • 1914 Maidstone
  • 1917 Bedford
  • 1922 Bedford (S)
  • 1926 Hull IV


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/546; 1927/734

PM Minutes 1927/252

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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