Ferriday, Jonah Grieves (1867-1947)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

Jonah was born in 1867 at Oakengates, Shropshire, to parents Jonah Ferriday and Mary Grieves. His grandfather was Rev Joseph Grieves.

Jonah was converted on his fifteenth birthday under the ministry of Rev James Barnes.


As a preacher, Jonah wore well, and his preaching was most appreciated on those stations where he spent the longest terms. Preparing carefully and with pleasant delivery, he could interest, instruct and inspire his hearers.

His obituary records that his life was marked by a strong buoyant faith, irrepressible humour, and a ready wit. For everyone he had a ready smile and a word of good cheer, his joyous Christian life breaking through all difficulties and depressions.


Jonah married Elizabeth Clarke (1869-1930) in the summer of 1895 at Guildford, Surrey. Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev Richard Clarke. Census returns identify four children.

  • Elsie Mary (1896-1904)
  • Everett (1899-1917) – died in training for WW1
  • Eric Clarke (1901-1970) – a PM Minister
  • Leslie Frank (1905-1960)

Jonah married Maud Lyle Williams in late 1934 at St Austell, Cornwall.

Jonah died on 30 November 1947 at St Austell, Cornwall.


  • Hartley
  • 1891 Ramsor
  • 1893 Penzance
  • 1895 York I
  • 1897 Redruth
  • 1901 Madeley
  • 1903 Wilton
  • 1906 Frome
  • 1911 Chippenham
  • 1914 Bristol VI
  • 1916 St Austell
  • 1919 Frome
  • 1923 Woodfalls
  • 1927 Andover
  • 1931 Yarm (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/668

Methodist Minutes 1948/129

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • Very interesting to read about my Greatgrandfather’s Brother, Rev. Joseph Grieve and his connection to the Ferriday family. My maiden name was Grieve and hail from Teesdale. My Greatgrandfather was the Mining Capt. mentioned in Borrows, Wild Wales, a book that I came across while living in Hereford in the early 1970’s. I now live in Fulwood, Preston.

    By Mrs Irene Porter (12/05/2020)

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