Harrison, John Jabez (1868-1946)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN JABEZ HARRISON: born at Wishaw, Renfrewshire, in 1868. He entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry, after training at Hartley College, in 1893. In all his circuits he left a record of devoted service, and through his ministry many were brought to a saving knowledge of Christ. He was a diligent student of the Word of God, a fervent evangelist, and a faithful pastor. His greatest satisfaction was in making known to others the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’. From the wells of salvation he drew deep and gave the water of life to thirsty souls. 

He took an active interest in local government, and all movements for the Christianization of our social life found in him an eloquent advocate. Sustained by the vision of the Kingdom of God, he bore testimony to that Kingdom in word and in life. On his retirement from the active Ministry he gave loyal service to the Downham Market Circuit, in which he spent the last few years of his life. 

After a brief illness he quietly passed into the Homeland on 11th June 1946, in his seventy-eighth year and the fifty-third year of his ministry.


John was born on 23 December 1868 at Wishaw, Renfrewshire, to parents John Harrison, a PM minister, and Christiana Haigh.

He was educated at Elmfield College, York.

John died on 11 June 1946 at Downham Market, Norfolk.


  • Hartley
  • 1893 Berwick
  • 1897 Lowick
  • 1899 Manea
  • 1903 Downham
  • 1906 Hindley
  • 1911 Haworth
  • 1915 Glasgow I
  • 1919 Tredegar
  • 1924 Brynmawr
  • 1929 St Ives, Hunts
  • 1933 Downham (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1946/147

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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