Hancock, John (1843-1927)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1901
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1901
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Early years

John was born on 24 December 1843 at Congleton Moss in the parish of Astbury, Cheshire.

When aged 14, John attended the Jubilee Camp Meeting at Mow Cop, joining a contingent that left Congleton at five o’clock in the morning. Not long after that event John gave himself to Christ. He began to preach when aged 17.

Ministry

John was described as a man of solid attainments, not showy, but solid. His sermons were cast in a logical mode, and if not brilliant, were thoughtful and well expressed, feeding mind and heart.

Family

John married Mary Taylor (1844-1891) in the summer of 1870 at Congleton, Cheshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • James Taylor (b1871) – a physician and surgeon (1901); died in British New Guinea
  • Emma Jane  (abt1873-1966)
  • Charlotte Ann (1874-1946) – married Arthur Henry Dooley, a traveller shipping agent (1911)
  • Mary Florence (b1876) – married Benjamin Barber Jeffrey, a foreman in steelworks (1911)
  • Ethel May (1877-1955) – married Bertram Robert Rogers, a commercial traveller
  • John Christopher (abt1882-1899) – drowned on ‘City of York’, off Freemantle, Western Australia
  • Judith Ellen (1882-1950)

John married Elizabeth Gresty (b1853) in late 1899 at Atcham, Shropshire.

John died on 9 September 1927 at Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire.

Circuits

  • 1865 Southport
  • 1866 Chester
  • 1868 Liverpool I
  • 1870 Birkenhead
  • 1872 Ramsey
  • 1875 Leigh
  • 1877 Chorley
  • 1879 Bradwell
  • 1882 Hungerford
  • 1885 Stratford
  • 1886 Shrewsbury
  • 1889 New Mills
  • 1891 Oldham I
  • 1894 Lowton
  • 1898 Bradwell
  • 1902 Clitheroe
  • 1904 Peel
  • 1906 Stockport (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1901/322; 1929/58

PM Minutes 1928/259

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

Also see the page on Edwin Hancock, brother and Circuit Steward.

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