Harrison, Jonathan Thomas (1839-1862)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Thomas Swindell is attached. It includes the following extract.

‘In April, 1861, he removed from Yarmouth to Cambridge, having accepted a call to enter the itinerant ministry; and during the few months that he travelled, his public, social, and private conduct was such as became one sustaining the dignified and important character of a Christian minister. He was anxious for souls, regular in his pastoral visitations, and faithful in his pulpit duties; though he did not realize that success in the conversion of souls which he so ardently desired. This was a source of grief to him. We quote an entry from his journals. 

December 31st, 1861.— “The year has fled; and while I look back upon the first year of my ministry, my heart is pained at the limited success that has attended my labours. I may most reasonably prostrate myself before the Lord, and implore forgiveness through Christ for my lack of earnestness; and I pray that I may be more abundantly useful in the (coming) year, more devoted to His service, and more successful in the conversion of sinners.” ‘


Jonathan was born on 3 March 1839 at Holme Hale, Norfolk, to parents Jonathan, a farmer, and Sarah Susanna. He was baptised on 7 April 1839 at Holme Hale.

Jonathan died on 24 March 1862 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was buried at Holme Hale on 28 March 1862.


  • 1861 Cambridge


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862/588

PM Minutes 1862/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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