Fryer, John William (1864-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

John was born in 1864 at Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire, to parents George and Mary. His father was a local preacher for more than fifty years. The family moved to the neighbourhood of Sowerby Bridge, and it was on that circuit that John became a local preacher. His first sermon was preached at Greetland on 7 October 1883.

Before entering the ministry, John worked for two years as a teacher.

In January 1887, John became a hired local preacher at Pateley Bridge. He entered Manchester College in 1888.


John’s obituary records that during his long and efficient ministry, he was a faithful pastor and a preacher of outstanding ability. To those who were privileged to know him initimately, he was a most interesting personality. The early days of his ministry aroused in the minds of the discerning hopes of a great pulpit career, but, being without personal ambition and detached from all thought of self-advancement, it pleased him to avoid as much publicity as an earnest discharge of his duties permitted. Always a keen student, he remained so to the end of his days.


John lost his first wife after a long and trying illness. (She was possibly Ann Bailey, married in the summer of 1893 at Grantham, Lincolnshire.) Census returns identify two children.

  • Elsie Marion (1895-1982) – married Harry Henshaw in 1919
  • Herbert Arthur Bailey (1897-1972)

John married Rhoda Emma Martin (1880-1980) in the summer of 1912 at Chester, Cheshire. The 1911 census identifies that Rhoda was working for the family as a general servant in Chester. Records identify two children.

  • Edmund William (1914-1985)
  • Hilda May (1916-1986)

John died on 15 January 1940 at Bridlington, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1889 Wakefield
  • 1893 Scotter
  • 1895 Bradford II
  • 1899 Bradford VI
  • 1900 Hull II
  • 1902 Chesterfield I
  • 1906 Chesterfield II
  • 1908 Chester I
  • 1912 Burnley I
  • 1913 Dartmouth
  • 1915 Ripley
  • 1918 N Shields
  • 1921 Helmsley
  • 1922 Bedale
  • 1926 Donington
  • 1929 Brigg


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/816

Methodist Minutes 1940/171

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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