Phillips, John (1853-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

John was born on 28 January 1853 near Guilsfield, Montgomeryshire.

John was converted at Cardiff through the instrumentality of his only brother. He at once joined the Cardiff society, which at that time was worshipping in a hall, but was soon afterwards to build Mount Tabor Chapel for its home. The offices of Sunday School secretary and Society Steward were at once thrust upon him and in about two years he was placed on the plan. Immediately the status of full local preacher was attained, John was recommended for the ministry.


His obituary records that as a pastor, John’s practical sympathy and understanding endeared him to his people. He had a genial spirit and quick discernment. He spoke the truth in love, and helped to establish his hearers in the faith which works by love.

John served as District Committee Secretary.


John married Sophia Annie Johnson (1860-1940) in the summer of 1882 at Pontefract, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Arthur Herbert (1883-1970) – a manufacturing engineer (1911); a managing director (1935)
  • Walter Joseph (1884-1963) – a teacher, emigrated to Canada in 1913
  • Edith Annie (b1886)
  • Sophia Elsie (1888-1897)
  • Catherine Irene (1900-1973)

John died on 24 July 1935 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


  • 1878 Middleham
  • 1880 Castleford
  • 1881 Halifax I
  • 1882 Bingley
  • 1884 Barton on Humber
  • 1887 Louth
  • 1890 Keighley II
  • 1894 Grimsby II
  • 1897 Burton on Trent I
  • 1900 Boston
  • 1904 Pickering
  • 1907 Castleford
  • 1910 Penzance
  • 1913 Longton
  • 1914 Glascote
  • 1917 Bridlington
  • 1918 Wakefield
  • 1921 Cheltenham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/842

PM Minutes 1936/181

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Duffin Family Tree on

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