Haigh, John (1816-1890)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1873

Early years

John was born on 16 November 1816 at Wooley, nr Barnsley, Yorkshire.  In early boyhood he attended the New Connection Sunday School at Ardsley.  John was converted when Primitive Methodists missioned Ardsley. He became a local preacher on the Barnsley plan. Having had little education ,John walked three miles each way to night-school after his day’s work making shoes was done.


John spent his entire ministry within the Nottingham District. His obituary records that he was a plain, blunt Yorkshireman at every time and in every place. He had upwards of 600 increase on his stations during his ministry.

John did much work in chapel building. At Chesterfield, in 4 years, he prepared plans and specifications for, and superintended the erection of 9 chapels.


John married Mary Hepworth (1822-1861) on 6 July 1848. Census returns show two children, although Mary’s obituary records she died after giving birth to her 7th child.

  • Emily Ann (1854-1951) – married Solomon Shaw, a furniture dealer
  • Walter William (b1856) – a railway clerk in 1881

John married Ann Smith (1819-1876) in 1867 at Leicester.

John died on 15 April 1890 at Sileby, Leicestershire.


  • 1844 Derby
  • 1845 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1847 Sileby
  • 1848 Boston
  • 1849 Melton Mowbray
  • 1851 Horncastle
  • 1855 Ripley
  • 1858 Melton Mowbray
  • 1860 Rotherham
  • 1863 Chesterfield
  • 1868 Leicester ll
  • 1870 Ilkeston
  • 1873 Leicester l
  • 1875 Loughborough (Sup)
  • 1879 Sileby


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862/73 (Mary); 1873 (portrait); 1891/692

PM Minutes 1890/10

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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