Gibbon, Phillip (1867-1935)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

PHILIP GIBBON: trained at Hartley College, and entered the Ministry in 1890. He was a man of marked individuality, greatly beloved by all who knew him, and by none more than his colleagues. His balanced judgment and knowledge of men made him a wise administrator, and his wide reading and firm grasp of evangelical principles made him an effective preacher.

By his humour, his love of music, his interest in manly games, he will long be remembered, but most of all by the tenderness of his heart and the sincerity of his life. His Ministry enriched the circuits he served and left abiding results. He retired in 1934 and settled at Epworth, where he had ministered for six happy years. The end came with startling suddenness. He preached twice on the Sunday, and on Monday, May 20, 1935, was for ever with the Lord.


Philip was born in 1867 at Leominster, Herefordshire, to parents Richard, who worked the land, and Mary.

He married Evalina Gladstone (1873-1959) in late 1896 in the Whitby Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns and birth records identify four children.

  • Constance Gladstone (1897-1992) – married Tom Grundy, a railway clerk (1939), in 1923
  • Mary Barton (1899-1981) – married William F Johnson in 1930
  • Marjorie (1904-1904)
  • Philip James Gladstone (1910-1966) 

Philip died on 20 May 1935 at Epworth, Lincolnshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1890 Derby III
  • 1892 Chester I
  • 1896 Liverpool III
  • 1898 Ossett
  • 1901 Leicester II
  • 1905 Malton
  • 1910 Crowe
  • 1913 Woodley
  • 1918 Rawmarsh
  • 1922 Brigg
  • 1926 Belper
  • 1928 Epworth


Methodist Minutes 1935/214

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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