Garner, John Kemp (1823-1915)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877

John was born on 11 September 1823 at Patrington, Yorkshire to parents John Garner and Mary Kemp. He  was converted, aged 16, through the ministry of William Clowes.


The PM magazine of 1877 records; ‘His sermons, which are carefully prepared, contain a plain and lucid statement of evangelical truth, and are eminently adapted to convert sinners and edifying saints.’

Antliff records that John was still working as an active PM Minister when Methodist Union took place in Canada in 1883.


John married Mary Alice Flesher (1828-1860) in 1848 and they emigrated to Canada. Census returns identify two children.

  • Mary Jane (1856-1936) – married William A Rodwell, a Methodist Minister
  • Eleazer William (1859-1940) – a farmer

John married Mary Camplin (b1832) on 10 September 1861 at Scarborough Township, Ontario. Census returns identify two children.

  • John N Garner (1862-1903)
  • James Camplin (b1868) – a farmer

James married Elizabeth Ann Stewart (1837-1907) on 1 January 1876 in the Peel District of Toronto, Ontario. Census returns identify one child.

  • Laucinda (b1882)

John died on 23 March 1915 at Walkerton, Ontario, Canada.


  • 1845 Isle of Wight
  • 1846 St Albans
  • 1847 to Canada
  • 1848 Guelph
  • 1851 Reach
  • 1852 Darlington
  • 1854 Etobicoke
  • 1856 Markham
  • 1860 Scarborough
  • 1863 Reach
  • 1866 Laskey
  • 1869 Albion
  • 1873 Etobicoke
  • 1876 Rosemount
  • 1877 disappears


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877/577

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p451

J C Antliff, Centennial of Canadian Methodism -Historical Sketch of the Primitive Methodist Church in Canada

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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