Horne, John Thomas (1849-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Early years

John was born on 19 February 1849 at Outwell, Norfolk to parents William and Rebecca. William was a farmer and local preacher.


His obituary records that John was richly dowered by nature, he was an ardent student, a forceful preacher, and a man of rare executive power. A strong personality, he emerged, quite naturally, as a Free Church leader on all his circuits. The ability and courage with which he led the Free Churches of Tunstall during the educational controversy of 1902 was well known, and his “Battle for the Schools,” written at that time, attained a circulation of fifteen thousand copies.

John served for eleven years as Secretary of the District Missionary Committee. He also served on the Probationers’ Examining Committee.

After superannuation, John served as the nonconformist chaplain to the Watford Union.


John married Rachel Cossey (1853-1927) in late 1876 at Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Before marriage, Rachel served as organist in her home church. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Christabel Rachel (1878-1961) – a teacher
  • Gustina Maud (1879-1915) – married Matthew William Hunt, a sorting clerk and telegraphist (1911)
  • Edwin de Jersey (1883-1970) – a PM Minister; O.B.E.
  • Grace E (b abt1884)
  • Joseph Theodore (1885-1963) – a clerk (1911)
  • Frank Harold (1886-1953) – a carpenter and joiner (1911)
  • Wilfrid Kenneth (1888-1892)
  • Samuel William (1891-1978)
  • Walter Ernest (1892-1955)
  • Gertrude Annie (1893-1974)

John died on 19 April 1919 at Watford, Hertfordshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1872 Briston
  • 1873 Lowestoft
  • 1874 Cambridge
  • 1876 Chichester
  • 1877 Yeovil
  • 1880 Aldershot
  • 1882 Jersey
  • 1887 Derby III
  • 1890 Swindon II
  • 1893 Newport, Monmouth
  • 1897 Crewe
  • 1901 Tunstall
  • 1905 Watford
  • 1911 Watford (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/171; 1919/805; 1928/364

PM Minutes 1919/264

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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