Hedley, John (1811-1885)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866

John was born on 7 April 1811 at Acomb, Northumberland. At the age of 12, John was deeply convinced of his sin under the Primitive Methodists. However he moved from Acomb to learn a trade and his faith lost ground. He was later converted through the Wesleyans and became an exhorter and local preacher. On moving again, John reunited with the Primitive Methodists and was a succesful and ‘much in demand’ local preacher in the Hexham circuit.


In 1838, R J Shafto Esq of Bavington Hall engaged John as a home missionary and sent him to mission in Scotland. He joined the itinerant ministry the following year.

Rev J Milner writes; ‘He wielded great influence in prayer. As a preacher he was earnest, simple, clear, and forcible, confining himself to the elimentary or cardinal doctrines of the cross.’


HeĀ married Elizabeth Wardman (1817-1877) in 1843 at Knaresborough. Census returns identify one child.

  • Isabella (b1845)

John died on 13 May 1885 at Knaresborough, Yorkshire.


  • 1839 Ripon
  • 1841 Darlington
  • 1842 Brompton
  • 1843 Stokesley
  • 1844 N shields
  • 1845 Alloa
  • 1847 Pateley Bridge
  • 1848 Keighley
  • 1851 Pontefract
  • 1853 Otley
  • 1855 Ripon
  • 1858 Burnley
  • 1860 Thirsk
  • 1863 Knaresborough
  • 1865 Silsden
  • 1867 Knaresborough (S)
  • 1869 Ripon
  • 1870 Burnley
  • 1873 Knaresborough
  • 1875 Harrogate


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866 (portrait); 1888/305

PM Minutes 1885/14

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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