Jopling, John (1856-1919)
John was born in 1856 at Brancepeth, Co Durham. The greater part of his infancy was spent in East Prussia. On their return to England, the family settled near Crook. John was sent to Pease’s West Elementary School, but in his early teens began work at Stanley Colliery.
John was converted at the age of eighteen through a Wesleyan class meeting, but through family connections he joined the Primitive Methodists at Mount Pleasant. In 1877, John was placed on the Chester-le-Street circuit plan, having moved into that circuit. He was soon called into the ministry.
His obituary records that John’s best contribution to the Church was as a preacher. Sermon making was his glory and joy. He liked the work and it was the master passion of his life. Clothed with a choice vocabulary, they were delivered in a clear and ringing style.
John served as Secretary of the District Building Committee and was a representative to Conference on four occasions.
John married Emily Elizabeth Chalk (1861-1944) in the summer of 1884 Alresford, Hampshire. Census returns identify five children.
- Violette Margherita (1890-1979)
- Mildred Dorothy (1891-1911)
- Cyril Clifford (b1892) – a civil service student (1911); emigrated to Australia in 1920
- Winifred Ernestine (1894-1980) – see comment below
- Reginald (1896-1964) – a telegraph messenger (1911)
John died on 11 March 1919.
- 1880 Winchester
- 1883 Baldock
- 1884 Maldon
- 1887 Braintree
- 1890 Canterbury
- 1893 Bilston
- 1894 Leintwardine
- 1895 Bilston
- 1896 Castleford
- 1899 Bradford I
- 1904 Birmingham I
- 1907 Grimsby II
- 1911 N Shields
- 1915 Gateshead
- 1918 Waterhouses
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/966; 1919/580
PM Minutes 1919/270
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers