Mossop, John Parker (1855-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

John was born on 20 August 1855 at Whitehaven, Cumberland.

John was a scholar first at the Howgill Street Sunday School, but the family then moved to Edinburgh. During his time as a Sunday School teacher at Victoria Terrace he took up the study of New Testament Greek. It was not long before he was on the plan as a local preacher. In due course he was called into the ministry, spending a year in the Sunderland Institute to prepare.

Ministry

As a preacher, John was expository and practical. His sermons were carefully prepared.

His obituary records that John was a gracious personality, quiet and unassuming.

John served for five years as the Building Committee Secretary in the Leeds District.

Family

John married Elizabeth Fairless (1859-1933) in the summer of 1884 at Sunderland, Co Durham. Records identify four children.

  • Edith Blanche (1885-1974) – married Thomas R Auty in 1914.
  • Percy Fairless (b1886)
  • Ethel Irene (1888-1956) – a hospital nurse (1911); married Fred H Roe in 1930
  • Elspeth Kathleen (b1894) – emigrated to Canada in 1924

John died on 2 February 1933 at Alderwasley, Derbyshire.

Circuits

  • Sunderland
  • 1879 Downham
  • 1880 Norwich
  • 1882 Aylsham
  • 1884 Briston
  • 1886 Watton
  • 1888 Swaffham
  • 1889 Belfast II
  • 1892 Tranent
  • 1894 Thornley
  • 1898 Heckmondwike
  • 1901 Littleborough
  • 1904 Dewsbury
  • 1907 Wakefield
  • 1909 Rothwell
  • 1912 Alfreton
  • 1916 Belper
  • 1917 Nottingham II
  • 1920 St Neots
  • 1922 Nelson, Glamorgan
  • 1924 Derby (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/674

Methodist Minutes 1933/251

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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