Phillips, John (1816-1890)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early life

John was born on 31 March 1816 at Weston, Lincolnshire. His father died a month before he was born. His mother, a Wesleyan, died aged 95.

In boyhood, John had several narrow escapes from death – he was nearly drowned – he was poisoned by eating berries of deadly nightshade – he was kicked by a horse which caused a disfigurement of the face.

John attended Moulton Free Grammar school between the ages of 10 and 13. He was converted aged 16 and entered the ministry at the age of 19.


From his youth, John was known as a popular speaker, being fluent and impressive in all his public utterances. During his ministry his stations recorded an increase of 900 members.

John was Secretary of the London District Building and Publishing Committee. For five years he was secretary of the Preachers Friendly Society.

His obituary records; ‘He was always remarkable for preciseness in matters of business, being scrupulously particular almost to a fault.’


HeĀ married Sarah Tuck (b1815) on 31 December1842 at Norwich.

John died on 18 January 1890 at Woolwich, London.


  • 1836 Fakenham
  • 1838 Yarmouth
  • 1839 Ipswich
  • 1841 Brandon
  • 1842 Norwich
  • 1843 Wisbech
  • 1845 Upwell
  • 1847 Soham
  • 1849 Stowmarket
  • 1853 Guernsey
  • 1857 Ramsgate
  • 1858 Luton
  • 1862 Exmouth
  • 1863 London ll
  • 1868 Plumstead
  • 1869 London V
  • 1871 London l
  • 1874 London V
  • 1879 London (Sup)
  • 1882 Woolwich
  • 1883 Plumstead


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862 (portrait); 1891/241

PM Minutes 1890/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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