Guy, John (1811-1887)
John was born on 28 October 1811 at Freshford, Somerset to parents Thomas and Mary. he was baptised on 17 November 1811.
Petty records the progress made in Hertfordshire by John Guy and his colleagues in 1845. In particular, he records that they were able to open Hitchin. This success enabled the Hertford station to be divided into two stations from 1847 with John Guy being appointed to Baldock.
In reference to Baldock, John writes, ‘When our people first missioned this neat little town, containing about 2,000 inhabitants, Norton End, commonly called Hell End, on account of the general immorality of its residents, became the scene of their labours. In the autumn of 1844 the word began to take effect, and in a few weeks about sixty persons were converted to God.’ A chapel, converted from two cottages was opened for worship in April 1847.
John married Catherine Mary Sargeant on 7 July 1840 in Reading. Catherine was born in 1819 in Binfield, Berkshire, daughter of Richard and Mary. She died on 15 July 1849. They had three children.
- Mary (1841-1902) – a governess
- John (1845-1926) – a PM Minister
- Jabez (1848-1930) – a grocer
John married Elizabeth (b1826) . They had a further four children.
- Hannah (b1851) – a schoolteacher
- Daniel (b1853)
- Eva M (b1854)
- James (1855-1934) – a PM Minister in New Zealand
John died on 5 January 1887 at Barton Regis, Gloucestershire .
- 1833 Frome
- 1834 Blaenavon
- 1835 Shefford
- 1837 Reading
- 1842 High Wycombe
- 1844 Hertford
- 1847 Baldock
- 1850 Buckden
- 1852 Canterbury
- 1854 Canterbury & Ashford
- 1855 Maidstone & Ashford
- 1856 Chelmsford
- 1861 Maldon
- 1867 Barrow in Furness
- 1869 Spalding & Holbeach
- 1873 Redhill
- 1874 Rochford
- 1875 St Albans
- 1877 Buckingham
- 1879 Wallingford (S)
- 1882 Pillowell
- 1886 Swindon
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1839/462; 1849/647 (wife); 1888/369
J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p 348, p366, p463, p518, p524
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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