Lancaster, John William (1860-1942)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
The Lancaster Family circa 1908 | Supplied by Dorothy Lancaster
The Lancaster Family circa 1908
Supplied by Dorothy Lancaster

Early years

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.

Ministry

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.

Family

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.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 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)

References

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

Comments about this page

  • Hi. John was my grandpa. We are going to visit Castletown on the Isle of Man and wanted to check which chapel he was minister at

    By Jean Peters (01/08/2019)

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