Elliott, John (1841-1925)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1900

Early years

John was born in 1841 at Stanhope, Co Durham to parents George and Phoebe. George was a lead miner.

John was converted at the age of 15 during the ministry of the Revs William Lister and William Brining in the Westgate circuit. He connected with the Wearhead Society and became a local preacher in his eighteenth year.

John worked as a lead miner before entering the ministry.


For a few years John was district secretary in the Carlisle and Whitehaven District, but he was not what was commonly known as a ‘Connexional man’.

His obituary records that his preaching was cultured and forceful. His messages went home to the hearts of his hearers who felt that behind the words was a soul of transparent sincerity.


John married Jane Harrison (1840-1870) on 8 July 1869 in Weardale, Co Durham. They had one child.

  • George William (b1870) – an ironmonger

John married Hannah Dormand (b1853) in early 1876 in the Lanchester Registration District, Co Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Florence Hilda (1877-1949)
  • Ernest (b1879) – a shop assistant (1911)
  • Arthur Dormand (1881-1962) – a schoolmaster

John died on 24 September 1925 at Harrow, Middlesex.


  • 1866 Blyth
  • 1869 Stockton
  • 1870 Thornley
  • 1874 Allendale
  • 1877 Middleton in Teesdale
  • 1880 Westgate
  • 1885 Seaton Delaval
  • 1890 Shotley Bridge
  • 1893 Stockton
  • 1894 Kendal
  • 1897 Brampton
  • 1901 Dawley
  • 1905 Shaftsbury
  • 1907 Harrow (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871/376 (Jane); 1900/883; 1926/591

PM Minutes 1926/265

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • I found off my father that John is a distant relative of mine, I find this amazing and great to see a photo of him.

    By Simon Elliott (28/01/2021)

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