John was born on 21 December 1878 at East Murton, Co. Durham, parents Robert Hutler, a coal miner, and Annie Haddock.
The 1901 census return records him as a postman. His appointment as postman in Sunderland was published in the Edinburgh Gazette dated 20 March 1900. There is an interesting Civil Service Evidence of Age document dated 6 March 1900, signed by Annie which records John’s date of birth and “that through some neglectful reason he was registered John Willie Haddock and baptised John William Hutler.” Interestingly, Annie did not marry Robert Butler until the summer of 1880.
In 1917 he acted as assistant chaplain to the Red Cross Hospital at Malmesbury.
After leaving the ministry, he appears to have become an estate agent. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy to defraud at Manchester Assizes in June 1931.
He married Florence Jane Gray (1885-1962) in the summer of 1907 at East Murton, Co. Durham.
- Robert (1909-1991) – a municipal accounts clerk (1939)
- Nora (1914-1998) – married Harry D Pleavin in 1942
John died in early 1951 in the Bucklow Registration district, Cheshire. He was cremated on 2 February 1951.
- 1903 Truro
- 1906 Camborne
- 1907 Shiney Row
- 1909 Ripon
- 1913 Mirfield
- 1916 Malmesbury
- 1921 Worthing
- 1924 ceased
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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