Charlton, John (1873-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926

Early years

John was born in 1873 at Blyth, Northumberland, to parents Thomas and Mary Anne. His parents were members of the Central Church, Blyth. Thomas was a coal miner.

John made his public avowal of his allegiance to Christ at the age of fifteen. He became a Sunday school teacher and secretary of the Christian Endeavour, and, at the age of seventeen he was a preacher on full plan. John spent a year as a hired local preacher on the Lowick circuit before he entered Hartley College, where he spent two years.

In 1891, John was working as a grocer’s assistant.


His obituary records that among those who suffered John exercised a great ministry of sympathy and consolation. He always gave himself entirely to his people and wherever there was sorrow he was a source of strength. His evangelical faith and inner experience were very real. The secret of his power lay in his burning loyalty to the great simplicity of the Christian faith. His whole life was lived so near to God that the sweetness of his personality shed happiness on everything.

John served five years as District Temperance Secretary.


John married Elizabeth Geraldine Thomas (1880-1969) in the spring of 1903 in the Hereford Registration District, Herefordshire. Records identify one child.

  • John Leslie (1912-1989) – a micro-biologist (1949)

John died on 23 May 1949 at Maidenhead, Berkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1897 Berwick
  • 1901 Cwm
  • 1903 Leek
  • 1905 N Sunderland
  • 1910 Wingate
  • 1914 Burnopfield
  • 1921 Nottingham V
  • 1924 Willington
  • 1928 Burnbank
  • 1933 N Scotland Mission
  • 1935 Nuneaton &c
  • 1937 Windsor (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926/182

Methodist Minutes 1949/146

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

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