Mossop, John Parker (1855-1933)
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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