Doughty, Job (1813-1853)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Thomas Greener

JOB DOUGHTY, Chester circuit, son of Robert Doughty; was born at Begerigton, near Halifax, September 28th, 1813. His parents being pious members of our Society, he was early taught the “ways of the Lord,” and in July, 1830, he was made a partaker of heartfelt religion, and at once united with the Primitive Methodist Society.

About two years after his conversion he began to preach; and in March, 1834, he was taken out to travel by Stockport circuit, and at the following conference was stationed on Preston Brook circuit. Part of the year following he spent in the Irish mission then under the care of that circuit. In the remainder of the year he travelled in Keighley circuit. Here his health failed, and he ceased to travel for a time; but during the year 1837, he was called out to travel again by Liverpool circuit. At the Conference of 1838, he was appointed to travel with me in Oldham circuit, where he was laborious and useful. In 1839 he was stationed in Haslingden circuit; in 1840, in Bury circuit; and in 1841, I had the pleasure of having him again as a colleague in the Chester circuit, and we had a year of peace and prosperity. 

Though his constitution was feeble, his soul was in the work of God; he laboured for the Divine glory, and the conversion of sinners was his delight. In 1842 he was re-stationed to Chester circuit, during which year, owing to the precarious state of his health, he gave up travelling; united in the bands of holy matrimony with her who now mourns the loss of him; entered into business at Buckley Maintams, in Chester circuit, and laboured acceptably as a local preacher till broken down by affliction. His last affliction was severe; but the Lord sustained him, and patience had its perfect work, and as he neared the world of spirits his sky brightened, and his soul rejoiced in the prospect of glory.

A few days before his departure he said to his father-in-law, “All is right; what I have preached to others I have enjoyed myself.” On June 13th, 1853, feeling himself to be dying, he inquired for his children, who were brought in to see him; when he, earnestly fixing his eyes upon his two sons, fervently prayed, in the language of good old Jacob, “God bless the lads;” turning to his daughter, with much feeling, he exclaimed, “God bless the lass.” Then turning to the partner of his life, he prayed for the blessing of the Lord to rest upon her, and said, “God will be a father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widow.” He seemed now as if loosened from every earthly tie, prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit;” and soon after departed, to be for ever with the Lord, in the fortieth year of his age.


Job was born on 28 September 1813 at Begerington, Yorkshire.

After leaving the ministry Job set up in business as a grocer.

He married Ann Lockwood (1812-1877) on 15 February 1843 at Bistre, Flintshire. Census returns and birth records identify four children.

  • Hannah (Anna) Maria (1844-1915) – a housekeeper (1901)
  • Sarah (b1845)
  • Nathan (1847-1917) – a butcher (1871)
  • Thomas Robert (1850-1928) – a farmer

Job died on 13 June 1853. He was interred at Bistro, Flintshire, on 16 June 1853.


  • 1834 Preston
  • 1835 Preston Brook
  • 1836-7 ill
  • 1838 Oldham
  • 1839 Haslingden
  • 1840 Bury
  • 1841 Chester
  • 1842 entered business


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1853/587

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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