Leuty, John Edwin (1855-1945)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

John was born in 1855 at Burnt Yates, nr Harrogate, Yorkshire to parents William and Alice. William was a bobbin turner.

John was brought up in the City of Bradford, where he attended the Manchester Road Church. At the age of sixteen, John moved to Pudsey and was soon converted under the preaching of Rev George H Beeley, and a year later was recommended for the plan. At the age of nineteen John took charge of a drapery business at Harrogate, and afterwards served Middleham circuit as a hired local preacher before entering the Theological Institute in 1877.


During the period 1881-9, John was a minister in the Wesley Reform denomination.

John was a very acceptable preacher, thoughtful, practical, evangelical. His clear enunciation, and the happy way he marshalled his facts and arguments, made him pleasant to listen to. His aim was to edify and save, and on most of his circuits he had the joy of winning men to God and increasing the roll of membership.

John was a lifelong abstainer and the Temperance Movement found in him a staunch advocate.

John served multiple terms as District Building Committee and Orphanage Secretary.


John married Ann Arch (1851-1904) on 12 August 1880. Census returns identify one adopted child – the daughter of Annie’s brother, Thomas.

  • Daisy Isabel Arch (abt 1892-1971) – married John F. Taylor in 1922

John married Mary Bulmer (1866-1955) on 8 August 1906 at Chester le Street, Co Durham.

John died on 23 November 1945 at Normanton, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1878 Sheffield IV
  • 1880 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1881 resigned
  • 1889 Sheffield IV
  • 1891 Leamington
  • 1893 Swindon II
  • 1895 Bristol IV
  • 1899 Durham
  • 1902 Chester II
  • 1906 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1910 Preston I
  • 1914 Haltwhistle
  • 1919 Normanton
  • 1923 Chester le Street (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/816; 1919/493 (Mary)

Methodist Minutes 1946/133

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

https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/whs/56-2.pdf – an article by E. Dorothy Graham about Ann Tinsley and Mary Bulmer (the second wife of Rev. John E. Leuty)

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 5 January 2018 to add a link to a page about Ann Arch, more information about their adopted daughter, Daisy, and a cross reference to an article by E. Dorothy Graham.

    By Geoff Dickinson (05/01/2018)

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