Lightfoot, John (1797-1873)
John was born on 21 February 1797 in Durham to parents John and Jane. He was baptised at St Giles, Durham on 24 February 1797.
In 1821, he was the leader of two classes in the Wesleyan Church. He entertained John Branfoot when he first visited Newcastle upon Tyne in 1821. Having heard the preaching of John Branfoot, with Mary Porteus, John became a PM Preacher.
Patterson reports that during the superintendency of John, from 1838, the Hexham circuit sustained three missions—Jedburgh, in Roxburghshire, Morpeth and Rothbury.
The power of faith and prayer exemplified in the life and labours of Mrs. Mary Porteus , 1862. Follow this link to view the book.
John married Martha Burnup (1809-1878) on 7 February 1828 at Brompton by Northallerton, Yorkshire.They had twelve children identified in census returns.
- David Burnup (1830-1902) – a draper
- Mary (1832-1899) – married James Tweedy, a shoemaker
- John (b1834)
- George (1836-1890) – an engine fitter and later school board visiting officer
- Jane Ann (1838-1911) – a milliner before marrying William Rawling, a boot and shoe maker
- William (1840-1846)
- Martha (1843-1930) – married James Whitling Wilson, a fabric manufacturer
- Thomas Robert (1845-1893) a commercial clerk
- Margaret (b1847) – a boarding housekeeper
- Elizabeth (b1849)
- Eleanor (1852-1914) – a dressmaker
- Charles Henry (1854-1936) – a PM Minister
John died on 2 June 1873 in Sunderland.
- 1824 Sunderland (6 mths)
- 1824 N Shields (6 mths)
- 1825 Guisborough
- 1826 Ripon (6 mths)
- 1827 Brompton
- 1828 Darlington
- 1829 Ripon
- 1831 Carlisle
- 1833 S Shields
- 1835 Whitby
- 1836 Alston
- 1838 Hexham
- 1841 Whitehaven
- 1843 N Shields
- 1846 Sunderland
- 1850 Darlington
- 1852 Stockton
- 1854 Barnard Castle
- 1857 Sunderland
- 1861 Sunderland (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1847/705; 1874/235
PM Minutes 1873/11
J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p175
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, vol 2, p164
W M Patterson, Northern Primitive Methodism
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers