Moore, John (1807-1875)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867

Early years

John was born on 16 November 1807 at Motcombe to parents William and Anna. He was converted in November 1826 whilst attending a service at his uncle James Bartley’s farmhouse.


Petty records that John joined Richard Jukes in June 1829 in missioning at Shrivenham. Three months later, having worked zealously, preaching mainly outdoors and undergoing much toil and numerous hardships and privations, John was replaced by Thomas Russell.

Petty also records that there was a rich outpouring of the Holy Spirit at places in the Wrockwardine Wood circuit where John was superintendent. Further information about this can be found in the article ‘Primitive Methodist Camp Meetings in Shropshire’ by Esther Lenton.

In 1840, John’s health failed and he needed to take a break. He resumed for a short time in 1846 and spent a few months in Brighton. His health failed again and he was not fit again until the mid 1850’s.

See the article ‘To build a Chapel’ about Langley, Essex for further information about John’s work in the Saffron Walden circuit circa 1860.

John’s obituary records that he was a good man, an affectionate husband and father, an indefatigable worker, an efficient superintendent, a strict disciplinarian, a plain, earnest and faithful preacher.


John married Barbara Sophia Parsons (1813-1867) on 27 June 1832 at Motcombe, Dorset.

Census records identify five children.

  • Alice Parsons (1834-1907) – married William Hunt, a hairdresser and later watchman
  • William Strongman (1835-1894) – a carpenter
  • Mary Cordingley (b abt1839)
  • Emily Elizabeth (1841-1875) – married Henry George Button, a PM Minister
  • Beulah Anna (b1848) – married William Tinsley, a PM Minister who went to New Zealand in 1873 and then became a Wesleyan  Minister.

John married Annie Ward Cotton (1848-1930) in the spring of 1869 at Teignmouth, Devon. Records identify two children.

  • John William (b1869) – a tailor’s cutter
  • Hephzibah Annie (1875-1926) – a nurse

John died on 24 September 1875 at Wincanton, Somerset.


  • 1828 Brinkworth
  • 1830 Chester
  • 1831 Preston
  • 1832 Oldham
  • 1834 Burnley
  • 1836 Shewsbury
  • 1838 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1841 Motcombe
  • 1846 Brighton
  • 1847 Motcombe
  • 1854 Brierley Hill
  • 1855 West Bromwich
  • 1856 Swaffham
  • 1858 Bedford
  • 1860 Saffron Walden
  • 1863 Silchester
  • 1866 Bagshot
  • 1868 Torquay
  • 1869 Torquay (Sup)
  • 1870 Saffron Walden
  • 1872 Torquay
  • 1874 Teignmouth
  • 1875 Motcombe


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1842/153; 1867/641 (portrait); 1868/372 (Barbara); 1876/297

PM Minutes 1876/7

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p265, p413

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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