Jowett, Daniel (1825-1857)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T Jobling

DANIEL JOWETT, late travelling preacher, of Manchester, first circuit, finished his earthly career at Longway Bank, near Wirksworth, Derbyshire, on the 22nd November, 1857, aged thirty-two years. His native place was Butterly, in the county of Derby. In early life, he was the subject of good morals, was blessed with parents who knew the importance and propriety of training him in the way he should go, so as to secure his spiritual and eternal well-being. When about seventeen years of age, he was sent to Sheffield to learn the art of masonry and carving. In that town, he attended the Wesleyan Chapel; the means of grace were of service to him, but he remained a stranger to a clear sense of his natural depravity and the enjoyment of true religion, until he attended the ministry of the Primitive Methodists, when, through the instrumentality of the late Rev. Thomas Morgan, he was brought to a saving interest in the atonement of Jesus. Having become a new creature in Christ, he felt it to be his duty to unite with a Christian Church. His intimate acquaintances being Wesleyans, it appears, led him to identify himself with that community.

It was the opinion of the society, in which he became a private member, that he had capabilities for public usefulness; he also felt that he had a Divine call to preach the gospel; to this work he was therefore appointed, as a local preacher, which office he sustained for several years; some of the latter of those years were in union with the community in which he was brought to God, and in which he has finished his probation as one of its ministers. As a local preacher he was useful in winning many souls to Christ.

After labouring, as above, for some time in Warrington circuit, he was recommended to the Conference of 1853, as eligible for the itinerant ministry, and being approved, he was appointed to Warrington, where he laboured acceptably, and had considerable success in soul-saving. His next station was Bury, where he was greatly beloved, manifesting energy and zeal in getting on the work of God. He was appointed a second year, but owing to a young man, who was retiring from our ministry, and who had been pledged by Bury circuit, he was transferred to Manchester second circuit, where he laboured diligently and successfully, and was to have remained a second year, according to the appointment of the circuit, but by the Conference of 1856, he was removed to Manchester first circuit. 

At this time his health was declining, and had been for three months. Owing to this he was unable to enter his new station at the time of the change of preachers; and when he did arrive, it was soon evident that the state of his health rendered his continuance in the ministry very doubtful. In the early part of the year 1857, he was unable to take his regular work. He then went into Derbyshire, for the benefit of his native air, which, for a short time, appeared to be of service to him; but soon after he returned to his station, he was finally laid aside by pulmonary consumption, which terminated his mortal course. By the following extracts, written during his affliction, will be seen his views in reference to the grand end for which alone he desired to live—the source whence comes the help needful to accomplish that end—the foundation on which he rested for present and future happiness, together with the exultation to which his soul was raised when on the eve of entering the dark domain of death, which to him was the gate of life.

He writes, May 18th—“Only to do good, do I desire to live. I continue to look to the cross.” July 27th—“I am very short of breath, and cannot eat much; but bless God I am well in soul. My faith rests on the atonement of Christ; and if this earthly house of my tabernacle was dissolved, all is well.” Aug. 17th—“I appear to be gradually sinking, and perhaps the next three months will end my journey in this vale of sorrow; yet Christ loves me, and in affliction I can praise him. I pray God, richly to pour his Holy Spirit upon Manchester first circuit, that scores and hundreds of souls may be converted.” Oct. 27th— “Weaker in body, strong in faith, giving glory to the Lamb.”

On the night before his decease, he repeated, “O! the chariot wheels,” to which his maternal parent replied, “They’ll soon stand still;” he answered, “Glory, glory, all is well; as I have lived, so am I dying; Christ is precious; He is all-sufficient; it is the blood, the blood; it is Jesus, the first and the last, whose Spirit will bring me safe through.” When on the eve of death, his mother said, “Lord Jesus, receive thy spirit;” he responded, “Amen;” which was his last articulation; soon after its utterance, his disembodied spirit rose to the paradise of God. Thus ended the pilgrimage of my esteemed colleague, who was a minister of true sincerity, of great purity of intention, and, although of talents not above mediocrity, yet he was a wise, successful ambassador of Christ. “He that winneth souls is wise.” He was interred in the new cemetery at Wirksworth, on which occasion the following ministers officiated; namely, Revs. C. Lace, W. Watts, J.H. Beavers, and J.T. Neal.

Family

Daniel was born on 28 April 1825 at Butterley, Derbyshire, to parents Job, a mason, and Esther. He was baptised on 15 May 1825 at Belper Wesleyan Chapel, Derbyshire.

Daniel also worked as a mason before entering the ministry.

Daniel died on 22 November 1857 at Longway Bank, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

Circuits

  • 1853 Warrington
  • 1854 Bury
  • 1856 Manchester I

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1858/198

PM Minutes 1858/5

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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