Parlow, John Joseph (1882-1959)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN JOSEPH PARLOW: born at Darlaston in 1882. Leaving Hartley College in 1907, he served in the active ministry for forty-one years, travelling in the following circuits: Rotherham, Douglas, Chesterfield, Aldershot, West Hartlepools, Scarborough, York, Derby, Winsford, and Walkden. When he retired in 1948 he settled in Scarborough, where the most effective period of his ministry had been spent, and where he and his wife had many friends. 

His was a quiet ministry, but none the less effective because of its lack of popular demonstration. He was generous to the needy even to the point of personal sacrifice. A lover of books, a deep thinker, his only impatience was with the trivial and the irrelevant. Almost to the time of his death he was serving the Free Church pulpits of Scarborough with great ability and acceptance. The Ministers’ Fraternal, of which he was secretary, will long remember his contributions to its discussions. 

He died on 1 February 1959, in the seventy-seventh year of his life, and the fifty-second of his ministry.


John was born on 30 May 1882 at Walsall, Staffordshire, to parents Thomas, a bricklayer 91901), and Phoebe.

Before entering the ministry John also worked as a bricklayer (1901).

He married Sarah E Morgan (1884-1949) in the summer of 1912 in the Rotherham Registration District, Yorkshire. Birth records identify one child.

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John died on 1 February 1959 at Scarborough, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1907 Rotherham
  • 1911 Douglas
  • 1914 Chesterfield I
  • 1916 H.M. Forces Chaplain, Aldershot
  • 1918 W Hartlepool
  • 1923 Scarborough I
  • 1930 York I
  • 1933 Derby Derwent
  • 1937 The Hartlepools
  • 1942 Winsford St P
  • 1947 Walkden
  • 1948 Scarborough (S)


Methodist Minutes 1959/193

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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