A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Charles Temperton is attached.
Temperton records the following. ‘To delineate his character, we may say that as a Christian he drank deeply and freely of the wells of salvation. There were no irregularities in his religious experience, but a gradual progressing “towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” He was a Bible Christian; God’s word was his especial delight. Mr, Emberry, a local preacher near Exmouth, says, “As a Christian he was exemplary, being a living witness of the grace of God. In labour he was earnest and indefatigable; in his deportment he was consistent. As a friend he was not only agreeable, but profitable, being ever ready for instructive and spiritual conversation.” As a preacher he was original, plain, sound, and practical. His sermons were faithful, scriptural, and effectual, being calculated to convince the sinner and console the Christian. The conversion of sinners appeared to be his chief object, and several persons since his death have written to his bereaved wife acknowledging their conversion through his agency. He was a thorough Primitive Methodist, firmly attached to the rules and doctrines of the connexion, ever taking a lively interest in its welfare.’
John was born on 17 September 1822 at Middlestown, nr Barnsley, Yorkshire, to parents Jacob, a farmer, and Grace. He was baptised on 13 October 1822 at St Michael and All Angels, Thornhill, Yorkshire.
He married Charlotte Nightingale (1834-1925) on 22 August 1853. Census returns identify five children.
- Elizabeth (b abt1855)
- Mary (b abt1856) – a shop assistant (1881)
- Susannah (b1856) – a domestic servant (1881)
- John (1858-1906) – a bricklayer (1901)
- Edwin (1861-1872)
John died on 25 October 1865 at Exeter, Devon.
- 1849 Newtown & Welshpool
- 1851 Isle of Wight
- 1852 Deal & Dover
- 1853 Alderney
- 1855 Jersey
- 1856 Portsmouth
- 1858 Maidstone & Ashford
- 1860 Hammersmith
- 1864 Exeter & Exmouth
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866/95
PM Minutes 1866/8
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers