Hawkey, John (1848-1937)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Early years

John was born on 6 December 1848 at Lanlivery, nr St Blazey, Cornwall to parents John and Mary Ann. John, senior, was a stonemason’s labourer

John was converted at the age of fourteen during a Cornish revival. He began his Christian journey by visiting and tract distribution. This was following by Sunday School teaching and preaching. In October 1872, he was engage by Saffron Walden circuit as a hired local preacher. His ministry was so acceptable that the station pledged him as a minister on probation at the following Conference.


John’s obituary records that he ever preached Christ crucified. His preaching was with power, and he had many fruits to his ministry. He was a sympathetic pastor and a methodical man of business. John retired to his native county in 1912 and continued his witness and service through twenty-five years of supernumeraryship. A man of fine spirit and sterling character, his life was a constant testimony to the Lord he served.


John married Grace Bounsall (1852-1941) in the summer of 1877 at St Austell, Cornwall. Census returns identify five children.

  • William John (1878-1955) – a teacher and local preacher
  • Hugh Bourne Bounsall (1880-1882)
  • Edwin Bounsall (1882-1956) – a letter sorter (1911)
  • Ernest (1885-1961) – a clerk (1911)
  • Victor (1892-1919) – a clerk (1911); died on active service in France

John died on 18 May 1937 at St Austell, Cornwall


  • 1873 Saffron Walden
  • 1875 Wickhambrook
  • 1876 Weymouth
  • 1877 Bedford
  • 1878 London VIII
  • 1881 London I
  • 1882 Hoxton
  • 1884 Plymouth
  • 1887 Chelmsford
  • 1888 Poplar
  • 1890 Bristol IV
  • 1895 Bath II
  • 1897 Canning Town
  • 1900 North Bow
  • 1904 Stratford
  • 1908 Holloway
  • 1912 Holloway (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/927

PM Minutes 1937/210

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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