Johnson, Hermon Featonby (1886-1960)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

HERMON FEATONBY JOHNSON: born at Chelmsford in 1886. His father was a Primitive Methodist minister and he entered that Ministry himself in 1909. After being trained at Hartley College he travelled in the Newton and Hyde and Harrogate Circuits before serving for a short time as Chaplain to the Forces in France during the first World War. Then followed a succession of fruitful ministries at Leeds, Hull Blackpool, Wallasey, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Leicester, and Sutton-in-Ashfield. 

His preaching was forthright and dynamic, in keeping with his robust character. He was a sound exponent of the scriptures and presented the great Christian truths with sincerity and courage. A firm and able administrator, he feared no man’s person, and yet he was so diligent a pastor and genial a companion that he made many friends, not only among the people of his own and other Churches, but also in the wider community of men. 

He retired to Sussex in 1952 and served for three years as an active supernumerary at Hurstpierpoint in the Brighton and Hove Circuit. To the end of his course he read widely and was always eager to share his ‘gleanings’ or discuss a new sermon with his brethren. To be a Methodist minister was to him the highest of privileges. 

He died on 20 August 1960, in the seventy-fifth year of his age and the fifty-first of his ministry.


Hermon was born on 9 June 1886 at Chelmsford, Essex, to parents George F Johnson, a PM minister, and Caroline Garner.

He married Ethel Judson (1881-1959) on 1 July 1913 at Rosemount PM Chapel, Newton, Lancashire. The marriage was officiated by Rev. Harry Ross. Ethel was a grand-daughter of Rev John Judson. Birth Records identify one child.

  • Joyce (1914-1995) – married Michael Ernest Meacher, an architect and surveyor, in 1939

Hermon died on 20 August 1960 at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.


  • Hartley
  • 1909 Newton & Hyde
  • 1913 Harrogate
  • 1918 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1919 Leeds II
  • 1921 Hull VII
  • 1927 Blackpool S
  • 1935 Wallasey
  • 1939 Newcastle Heaton
  • 1944 Leicester Hinckley
  • 1948 Sutton & Kirby
  • 1952 Brighton (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1961/203

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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