Hill, John (1826-1907)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

John was born on 4 November 1826 at Illogan, Cornwall. As an infant, John moved to Jersey. Both his parents were Primitive Methodists; his father was a useful local preacher and class leader.

John was led to Christ through the ministry of Rev Phillip Maddocks after being greatly influenced by Robert Hartley and Thomas Russell. John was soon appointed to raise a new class, all new converts, and then to preach.

Ministry

At Aylesbury, John records that in one year, he walked 2,138 miles, preached 380 sermons, visited 2,463 families and witnessed 30 conversions. No salary for two quarters and half pay for the rest of the year!

A poet, artist and scholar, John shrank from public recognition and preferred to labour in remote country districts.

His obituary records that he was a faithful minister, a diligent pastor, a true friend, had a passion for soul saving and his spiritual children are all over the south of England.

Family

John married Fanny Hillier (1831-1881) in 1857 in Southampton, Hampshire.

He later married Mary (1845-1921).

John died on 21 May 1907 at Luton, Bedfordshire.

Circuits

  • 1851 Luton
  • 1852 Aylesbury
  • 1855 Newbury
  • 1857 Basingstoke
  • 1859 Brinkworth
  • 1862 Sturminster
  • 1863 Whitney
  • 1864 Oxford
  • 1865 Winchester
  • 1867 Poole
  • 1870 Chinnor
  • 1871 Whitney
  • 1875 Salisbury
  • 1878 Leamington
  • 1881 Poole
  • 1886 Brighton ll
  • 1887 Horsham
  • 1888 Aldershot
  • 1890 Reading (Sup)
  • 1892 Woolwich
  • 1894 Luton l
  • 1896 Birkenhead
  • 1897 Plumstead
  • 1898 Woolwich

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879 (portrait); 1908/70

PM Minutes 1907/26

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Downloads
Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.

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