Pearcy, John (1812-1838)


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Robert Parks is attached. It includes several extracts of John’s journal. Parks sums up his ministry as follows.

“Brother Pearcy was a labourer. In examining his journal, I find he has sometimes preached three times on the sabbath day, and walked twenty miles, When engaged in missionary enterprizes, &c., he suffered many privations, which he endured patiently and cheerfully, counting not his life dear unto himself so that he might win souls unto Christ, and because he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.“


John was born on 25 September 1812 at Gaddesby, Leicestershire, to parents William, a blacksmith, and Elizabeth. he was baptised on 27 September 1812 at Gaddesby.

John worked as blacksmith before entering the ministry.

John died on 8 December 1838 at Gaddesby, Leicestershire. His funeral took place on 16 December 1838 at Gaddesby.


  • 1836 Bishop’s Castle (18 mths)
  • 1837 Dudley (6 mths)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1842/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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