Pickwell, John (1835-1893)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886

Early years

John was born on 15 October 1835 at Thornton le Fen, Lincolnshire to parents John and Susanna.  He was baptised on 22 November at Thornton le Fen. John senior worked the land.

John was converted aged 13. At 15, he was a fully accredited local preacher in the Horncastle circuit.


His obituary describes John as an orthodox Methodist.

The early part of his ministry was attended with many privations, much preaching, long journeys, and a very limited income. And yet his was a ministry of great joy and much blessing.

As a preacher he was evangelistic. He aimed at conversion of his hearers. His sermons to the church were expository and practical. He was more useful than ornamental.

His great power was in the prayer meeting. There he was a master. He had a way of raising it to a pitch of earnestness and enthusiasm.

As a pastor he was diligent.


John married Annie Baker (1837-1896) in the spring of 1862 at Walsall, Staffordshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Florence Jane (1866-1908) – married George Robert Bursnall, a hotel proprietor
  • Ellen Elizabeth (1868-1934) – married Vincent Fletcher, a merchant tailor
  • William Edward (1869-1879)
  • Henry Wright (1871-1925) – a commercial traveller
  • John James Baker (b1875) – a grocer
  • Charles Herbert (b1879) – a draper

John died on 15 May 1893 at Swaffham, Norfolk.


  • 1857 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1858 Ludlow
  • 1859 Lichfield
  • 1861 Prees Green
  • 1862 Minsterley
  • 1863 W Bromwich
  • 1865 Nantwich & Crewe
  • 1867 Church Stretton
  • 1868 Bishops Castle
  • 1871 Kidderminster
  • 1877 Cwm
  • 1879 Ludlow
  • 1881 Preston Brook
  • 1885 Chichester
  • 1886 St Helens
  • 1888 Horncastle
  • 1890 Swaffham


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886 (portrait); 1895/614

PM Minutes 1893/29

The Primitive Methodist 1893/29

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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