Mossop, John Parker (1855-1933)

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.


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.


  • 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)


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


Comments about this page

  • A minister with a sense of humour- photograph of him being lifted up some five foot by one hand of Albert Shakesby on September 18 1906 headed “A little exercise to test the sterngth of Mr Shakesby.” Pictured “From Street Arab to evangleist” page 241.

    By David Leese (23/01/2022)

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