Maylard, John (1816-1896)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864

Early years

John was born on 6 October 1816 at Hereford.

For the first 10 years of his life he lived in a poor neighbourhood. The family moved and John was introduced to Sunday School at St Peters. As a youth he had several jobs, the last being for a baker and confectioner. When that failed, he travelled to London to seek work. Down on his luck he was locked up as a vagrant. He was given some money to return home, but had a further spell in jail in Worcester.

John gave himself to God at the age of 18 but it wasn’t until he joined with the Primitive Methodists that he found peace. At once he started to preach and triggered a revival and a new PM Society in Hereford.


John authored the following.

From Prison to Pulpit – The Life Story of Rev. John Maylard – A Pioneer of the Primitive Methodist Church and Minister of the Gospel nearly 60 years, 1896


John married Elizabeth Deadman (1817-1861) in the spring of 1844 at Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Thomas (b1845)
  • Mary Elizabeth (b1847) – married Richard Tate, a draper and grocer
  • Sarah Ann (1848-1917) – married William Ibbitson, a farmer; emigrated to USA in 1880.
  • John (b1850)
  • Louisa (1852-1938) – married Robert Vollum, an insurance agent
  • Frances (Fanny) (b1856)
  • Christmas (1860-1934) – a music teacher
  • Benjamin (1861-1941) – a harness maker; emigrated to USA in 1880

John married Hannah Birch (1837-1917) in the summer of 1862 at Burnley, Lancashire.  Records identify four children.

  • Eliza Jane (1863-1889)
  • John Birch (b1865) – a bank manager; emigrated to USA in 1889
  • Annie (1867-1869)
  • Annie (1870-1956) – a dressmaker and later a weaver.

John died on 11 August 1896 at Shipley, Yorkshire.


  • 1837 Brinkworth
  • 1838 Andover
  • 1841 Reading
  • 1842 Pillowell
  • 1845 Frome
  • 1846 Glastonbury
  • 1848 Pembroke
  • 1852 Isle of Wight
  • 1855 Brighton
  • 1857 Peterborough
  • 1858 Bradford
  • 1860 Shipley
  • 1862 Burnley
  • 1864 Pickering
  • 1868 Malton
  • 1869 Dewsbury
  • 1872 Barnsley
  • 1874 Shipley
  • 1875 Shipley (Sup)
  • 1883 Bingley


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862/325 (Elizabeth); 1864 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1897/23

The Primitive Methodist 1896/573

S E Hayter, My Maylard Family The Genealogical History of an Ordinary Family, 2011, pub at

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Glad to see so much information about the Maylard side of my family.

    By Lyle Gibson (01/07/2018)
  • Follow these links for more about his story and family history, and a later photograph.

    By Jill Barber (02/12/2014)

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