Gunson, John Marshall, B.D. M.Th. (1880-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Willington in 1880. He entered the Ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1907 after training at Hartley College. He served in varying circuits, and in all he did excellent work, leaving increased memberships and reduced debts in all his churches.

He was a fine preacher with a passion for souls. There was nothing tentative about his teaching. He had strong convictions, and believed and declared that his faith had firm foundations. He was a diligent and kindly pastor. A good student, he loved books, nature, and all beautiful things, but above all he loved people and people loved him.

Young folk, attracted by his cheerfulness and friendliness, revered him for his personal goodness; older folk sought him for his sane counsel and understanding sympathy. In all the circuits in which he travelled there are many who remember him with affection and thank God for his ministry.

He retired to Brighton in 1945, but preached twice every Sunday until his sudden illness. He passed to higher service on 9th November 1949.

┬ęTrustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


John was born on 16 August 1880 at Willington, Co. Durham, to parents George, an insurance agent (1891), and Eliza.

In 1901 John was working as a boot salesman.

John married Ada Blane (1874-1962) on 5 July 1911 at Higher Ardwick PM Chapel, Manchester.

John died on 9 November 1949 at Brighton, Sussex.


  • Hartley
  • 1907 Redditch
  • 1911 Ashbourne
  • 1913 Glasgow I
  • 1915 Nottingham IV
  • 1918 Birmingham IV
  • 1922 Northampton I
  • 1926 Brighton
  • 1930 Sunderland I
  • 1933 Sunderland W
  • 1935 Croydon Laud St
  • 1939 Birmingham Belmont
  • 1944 Birstall
  • 1945 Brighton (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/510

Methodist Minutes1950/131

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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