Johnson, Elizabeth (1808-1860)

Barber p107

Elizabeth Johnson was born on 24 August 1808 in Shrewsbury.

Conversion and Ministry

Sarah Spittle missioned Shrewsbury in Jun 1824, followed in August 1824 by James Bonser. Elizabeth Johnson was amongst the first converts, and almost immediately, at the age of 16, became a travelling preacher. Her ministry took her to South Wales, Wrockwardine Wood, Preston, Ramsor, Darlaston and Burton-on-Trent. She ceased to travel when she married, but continued as a local preacher until her death.


Elizabeth married William Brownhill (1806-1883) on 17 March 1828 at Dudley. William was a Blast Furnance Manager in 1851 and later became a land agent. He was a local preacher for 60 years. Elizabeth and William had 10 children.

  • Edward (1831-1895)
  • Rowland William (1834-1895)
  • Theophilus Paul (1836-1906)– local preacher for 40 years
  • Mercy (1837-1913)
  • John Justice (1840-1915)
  • Silas (1842-1901)
  • William (1844-1910)
  • Elizabeth Johnson (b abt1847)
  • Sarah (b abt1849)
  • Joseph (b abt1850)

Three of the sons, Rowland (1872/3), William (1891) and Theophilus (1893), became mayors of Walsall.

Elizabeth died on 15 November 1860 in Walsall.


  • 1824 Oakengates (6 mths)
  • 1824 Preston on the Hill (6 mths)
  • 1825 Preston on the Hill (6 mths)
  • 1826 Darlaston
  • 1827 Burton on Trent


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1861/206

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p107

Joseph Ritson, The Romance of Primitive Methodism , 1909, p87

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

England Census 1851

England Births, Marriages, Deaths Register 1837-1915

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