Lancaster, John William (1860-1942)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
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.


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.


  • 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)


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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