John was converted when just a child. he had been deeply influenced by his mother, who died when he was ten. he became a local preacher aged 15 and was called to the work of a travelling preacher aged 17.
Attached is a transcription of his obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine and written by a cousin Parkin Wiglesworth. He describes John’s early preaching in the following terms.
“I heard him preach a sermon which would have been creditable to a man of many years experience in the work of the ministry. His manner, though not vehement, was energetic; he evidenced an extensive knowledge of the scriptures; and his arguments were clear, forcible, and convincing. In prayer, he had great freedom of access to the throne of divine grace; his style was good; and in pleading with God, on behalf of perishing sinners, was solemn, fervent, and impressive.”
John found the work of a travelling preacher made great demands on his health and as a consequence he died at a young age.
John was born on 1 October 1818 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, to parents Robert Ducker and Martha Wigglesworth. He was baptised on & October 1818 at Epworth.
He married Ann Middlebrook in the spring of 1841 at Swinefleet, Yorkshire.
John died on 10 April 1842 at Swinefleet, Yorkshire. he was buried on 14 April 1842 at St Nicholas, Haxey, Lincolnshire.
- 1837 Hull
- 1839 Halifax
- 1841 Leeds
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1843/41
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers