Lancaster, John William (1860-1942)
John was born in 1860 at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire to parents Thomas and Sarah. Thomas was a cotton weaver.
John was converted and called to ministry in the Colne circuit. He spent a year as a hired local preacher before entering Hartley College. John was working as a cotton weaver at the time of the 1881 census.
As a preacher John was evangelical and practical. He took pains to relate his message to problems and needs felt by his congregations.
After a severe breakdown in health, John settled at Little Budworth in the Northwich circuit, where he worked loyally in the village society.
John married Emily Mary Dales (1865-1937) in the summer of 1888 at Bishop Wilton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six of eight children.
- Hugh (b1893) – a civil service student (1911)
- Grace Dales (b1897) – married James Hunter in 1924
- John Dales (1898-1975) – a farmer (1942)
- Mona Dales (1900-1986) – married John Brian Pimlott in 1920; married Walter Hatton in 1968
- Thomas Dales (1902-1969)
- Frank (1904-1988)
John died on 18 April 1942 at Little Budworth, Cheshire.
- 1884 Pocklington
- 1885 Hornsea
- 1887 North cave
- 1888 Halifax
- 1890 Sowerby Bridge
- 1891 Market Rasen
- 1894 Scotter
- 1895 Skipton
- 1902 Clayton West
- 1905 Castletown
- 1908 Northwich
- 1912 Wigan
- 1916 Winsford
- 1919 Tarporley (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/150
Methodist Minutes 1942/152
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers