Maughan, John Henry(1887-1942)

Transcription of obituary published in theMinutes of Conference

JOHN HENRY MAUGHAN: born at Binbrook, Lincolnshire, in 1887. He had the advantage of a good Christian home, and at an early age heard the call to preach. After training in Hartley College he entered the active ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1916. 

He was blessed with natural gifts, particularly a good voice, which he used equally well in speech and song. He was happy in the pulpit. He believed truth and knowledge rewarded the seeker and blessed congregations. Clear thinking and wide reading were evident in his preaching. His charming personality and gifts of humour, sympathy, and understanding made him a welcome visitor in the homes of his people, and in every circuit he exercised a wide and gracious influence. His earlier business training was an asset in dealing with men and affairs. He was tactful in approach and methodical and statesmanlike in the discharge of his duties. He was always interested in young people, and in several districts served as Christian Endeavour president. He gave unstintingly of his strength and never complained.

The end came suddenly. After a few days of intense suffering he passed on to the wider ministry on October 21, 1942, in the fifty-sixth year of his age and the twenty-seventh of his ministry.


John was born on 9 April 1887 at Binbrook, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, to parents Charles Cooper Maughan, a superintendent of life assurance company (1911), and Elizabeth Miller.

Before entering the ministry John worked as a timber merchant’s clerk (1911).

He married Jessie Thompson Ross (b1900) in Scotland.

The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who records they had two children.

John died on 21 October 1942 at Croydon, Surrey.


  • Hartley
  • 1916 Tranent
  • 1920 Motherwell
  • 1922 Glasgow IV
  • 1927 Manchester VII
  • 1932 Laxey
  • 1936 Northampton
  • 1939 Croydon


Methodist Minutes 1943/121

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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