Cash, John Henry (1899-1978)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN HENRY CASH: born in London on 27th April 1899. After he had been converted at an open air meeting, he came under the influence of Thomas Jackson at the Whitechapel Mission. He entered Hartley College where he was distinguished by the depth of his religious faith and experience and his ability to read widely and wrestle with new truth until he made it part of his own thinking, characteristics which marked his whole ministry. He remained a student all his days, not neglecting his Greek Testament, and bringing to his studies a keen and alert mind undimmed with the years. He had a deep love of people, caring for them with patience, insight and sympathy but being too shrewd to be deceived by humbug or prejudice. To his administration he brought courage and determination, qualities specially needed in the latter years of his ministry and, in retirement, in his personal life, for the ill health which had dogged him in maturity meant that most of his latter years were spent in fighting pain and increasing weakness. He endured this period of his life with no diminution of his wry humour and pungent wit, with an intellect undimmed and a faith tested and refined by suffering, the devoted care of his wife and the love of his family bringing him his greatest comfort. 

He travelled in the following circuits: Dartford and Northfleet, Chelmsford, Thanet, South Yorkshire Mission, Reading (London Street), Fakenham and Wells, Hull (Holderness Road and East), Hetton, Wrexham (Poyser Street), Leeds (Armley), Coatbridge and Airdrie, and Clay Cross. He died on 28th April 1978 at the close of the first day of his eightieth year, and in the fifty-first year of his ministry. 

Family

John was born on 27 April 1899 in Bethnal Green, London, to parents James Cash, a labourer, and Maria Gouldstone. He was baptised on 21 May 1899 at St Andrew, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London. 

John served in the Royal Navy in WW1 (1915-1919).

He married May Annie Taylor (1903-1986) on 8 July 1931 at Brunswick Hall, Whitechapel. Birth records identify six children.

  • Jean M (b1932)
  • John D (b1936)
  • Patricia A (1937)
  • Ronald A (b1940)
  • Mary C (b1942)
  • Barrie J (b1943)

John died on 28 April 1978 in the Surrey North western Registration District.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1927 Dartford
  • 1928 Chelmsford
  • 1930 Thanet
  • 1931 S Yorks Mission
  • 1934 Reading London St
  • 1937 Fakenham
  • 1940 Hull Hold Rd
  • 1942 Hull East
  • 1944 Hetton
  • 1947 Wrexham
  • 1951 Leeds Armley
  • 1958 Coatbridge
  • 1961 Clay Cross
  • 1965 Derby (Sup)

References

Methodist Minutes 1978/72

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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