Milner, John (1828-1895)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886

Early years

John was born on 28 May 1828 at West Lutton, Yorkshire. Both his parents were Primitive Methodists.

The family removed to York where John was converted among the Primitive Methodists. John worked at Haxby for 7 years and there became a local preacher. John moved back to York until 1856 when he supplied for Isaac Broadbent at Malton. Although John was older than the age rule for candidates for the itineracy, he was strongly recommended and accepted by Conference.


John had little education in his rural upbringing. His obituary records that this lack of education crippled him although his official and ministerial life, and but for it and his extreme modesty and want of self confidence, his clear perception, calm judgement, unquestionable integrity and stores of knowledge would have raised him to a far higher position as a preacher, writer and officer of the Connexion that he attained.

Late in his ministry John moved to the south in the hope that the health of his children may improve. Sadly that was not the case.


John authored ‘Struggles in death; or, scenes I have witnessed, and lessons I have learned when visiting the sick and the dying’, 1869, which describes his diligence in pastoral work.


John was married to Caroline (1834-1891). Census returns identify two children.

  • Jane Elizabeth (1867-1896)
  • Fred Marcus (1870-1894)

John died on 3 January 1895 at Watford, Hertfordshire.


  • 1857 Malton
  • 1858 Ripon
  • 1860 Pickering
  • 1862 Thirsk
  • 1864 Leeds ll
  • 1866 Easingwold
  • 1868 Keighley
  • 1871 Malton
  • 1874 Heckmondwike
  • 1878 Castleford
  • 1880 Huddersfield
  • 1884 Brigg
  • 1888 Wakefield
  • 1891 High Wycombe
  • 1893 Watford


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886 (portrait); 1895/465

PM Minutes 1895/11

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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