Dann, John (1856-1926)
John was born in August 1856 at Smalley, Derbyshire to parents Job and Ann. Job worked as a miner’s labourer. His parents were loyal Primitive Methodists who opened their home to visiting preachers.
In 1871, John was working as a stone miner.
John passed form scholar to teacher in the Sunday School. At the age of sixteen, he took the definite step of acknowledging Christ as his Lord and soon received a note from the Quarterly Meeting to accompany a local preacher, George Hobson, to his appointments. The ‘note’ came as a great surprise to him. John grew into preaching and was called to the ministry. He entered the Sunderland College in July 1878, when nearing his twenty-second birthday.
From the outset of his ministry, John found himself hampered by crushing Chapel debts and at once set himself the task of removing the hindrances. It was his boast that he never created any debts in the circuits upon which he travelled though he initiated building schemes at heage and at Cross of Hands.
As a preacher John was eminently practical. He delivered the evangelical message in terms and with illustrations that could be well understood and applied by the people.
Whilst at Belper, John spent six years on the Board of Guardians. During his term of office he persuaded the Board to establish the system of cottage homes for the children under their care. John also took a prominent part in the Passive Resistance Movement.
John spent six years as a member of the Candidates’ Examining Committee.
John’s first wife died ten months after their marriage.
John married Sarah Elizabeth Davies (1859-1904) in the summer of 1885 at Church Stretton, Shropshire. Sarah was the sister of Revs. William Jones Davies and Edward Robinson Davies. Census returns identify five children.
- Edward John (1888-1967) – a school teacher
- William Leighton (1890-1961) – a solicitor
- Charles Stanley (1894-1918) – killed in action in WW1
- Gladys Matilda (1896-1975) – married William Edward Storr in 1931
- Mabel Carrie (b1899)
John married Jane (b abt1857) circa 1910.
John died on 7 April 1926 at West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.
- 1879 Ramsor
- 1882 Oldhill
- 1884 Chesterfield
- 1887 Crewe
- 1889 Knighton
- 1892 Weobly
- 1894 Leintwardine
- 1898 Sheffield I
- 1901 Wirksworth
- 1905 Belper
- 1909 Ripley
- 1913 Newark
- 1915 Preston
- 1918 Brigg
- 1921 Brigg (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/422
PM Minutes 1926/263
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers