Hemshall, John Henry (1852-1923)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

John was born in 1852 at Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire to parents Samuel and Charlotte. Samuel was a grocer. Both parents were Primitive Methodists.

As a youth John for a time occupied a place in the choir of the Established Church, but his conversion, taking place under Rev W Sanderson, was the catalyst for him to return to the Primitive Methodists.

John chose the building trade as his profession and moved to Lincoln. Rev W Sharman helped John with his studies and recommended him to the Connexional authorities for ministry.


John was a builder of Circuits, he superintended the erection of twelve new buildings and opened five new missions.

John served as Building Committee Secretary in the Nottingham District for nine years.


John married Julia Eliza Smith (b1863) in late 1882 in the Medway Registration District.

John died on 12 April 1923 at Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire.


  • 1877 Grays & Romford
  • 1880 Gravesend
  • 1882 Nottingham III
  • 1885 Mansfield
  • 1889 Leicester II
  • 1890 Scotter
  • 1894 Ilkeston
  • 1898 Mansfield
  • 1902 Derby
  • 1905 Kimberley
  • 1908 Ilkeston
  • 1912 Midsomer Norton
  • 1914 Derby
  • 1916 Grays (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/210; 1923/730

PM Minutes 1923/270

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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