Farr, John (1833-1906)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1889
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

John was born on 5 November 1833 at Owsten Ferry, Louth, Lincolnshire to parents John Farr and Catherine Crackle. He was baptised on 25 February 1833. John senior was a farmer.

For more than 20 years John attended the established church. In the latter part of this time he also attend Primitive Methodist services and after his conversion joined the Primitive Methodist society. For two or three years he resisted going on the plan, however, when Abraham Worsnop was superintendent, he was induced to comply with the request of the circuit. His first service as an exhorter was in 1858. John was taken into the ministry without ever being a ‘regular’ local preacher.


Whilst at Torquay, John superintended the erection of two chapels and secured the ground for a third.

His obituary records that he was a plodding student, a good preacher, a prudent superintendent and generous to a fault.


John married Annie Sewell (1843-1928) in the spring of 1864 at Penrith, Cumberland. Census returns identify six children.

  • John James Sewell (b1865)
  • Isabella Kate (1867-1934) – married James Henry Hardman, a schoolmaster
  • Jane Elizabeth (b1869) – a dressmaker in 1891
  • Bridget Annie (1871-1915) – married John Henry Hubert Lowther, a clerk
  • Eleanor Mary (1878-1936) – married Percy Max Miller, a sign writer and decorator
  • Minnie Margaret (1882-1960) – married Joseph George Crickmay, a civil servent

John died on 6 July 1906.


  • 1859 Peterborough
  • 1860 Paisley
  • 1862 Settle
  • 1863 Penrith
  • 1865 Maldon
  • 1866 Barrow in Furness
  • 1869 Liskeard
  • 1873 Torquay
  • 1879 Glasgow
  • 1880 Holborn Hill
  • 1884 Littleborough
  • 1887 Leeds V
  • 1890 Glossop
  • 1893 Wisbech
  • 1896 Dartford
  • 1900 Owston Ferry (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1889/705; 1907/238

PM Minutes 1907/14

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907.

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