Peart, John (1857-1922)


John was born abt1857 at Wearhead, Co. Durham. I have not been able to unambiguously identify his parents in online records.

The 1901 census return records John as a Primitive Methodist minister (retired) living at Tideswell, Derbyshire. In 1911 census John is recorded as a PM minister at Pewsey, Wiltshire.

He married Annie Perry (1858-1909) of Blandford, Dorset. I have not been able to identify an online  marriage record. Census returns identify five children.

  • Melita Elizabeth Morland (1886-1959) – a schoolmistress; married Henry Charles Gillett, a carpenter, in 1911            
  • Winifred Annie (1888-1939) – married William Alfred Randall, a coal mine repairer, in 1909
  • Edna Lilias (1889-1972) – married John Westmacott, a farmer, in 1914
  • Ivan Emerson (1891-1978) – a schoolmaster (head) (1939)      
  • Lucy Geraldine (1894-1971) – a governess (1911)     

He married Annie Harrison (1861-1946) in early 1910 in the Wigton Registration District, Cumberland.

John died on 10 April 1922 at St John’s Chapel, Westgate, Co. Durham.


  • 1884 Fassifern – Australia
  • 1885 Mt Esk
  • 1888 Redland Bay
  • 1889 Emerald
  • 1890 Cooktown
  • 1892 to England
  • 1892 Halstead
  • 1895 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Thank you Malcolm for the information about John’s parents.

    By Geoff Dickinson (01/01/2022)
  • John Peart Mar 1856-1909 bap 18 Apr 1858 Stanhope, Durham, England parents John Peart 1 Jul 1827- Apr 1886 married 20 May 1854 Elizabeth Hodgson 31 Oct 1832 – 14 Mar 1903 Cowshill, Durham, England

    By Malcolm Dodd (31/12/2021)
  • I have the following newspaper announcement, giving John’s father’s name:
    The Brisbane Courier
    Friday 2 October 1885
    PEART-PERRY. -On the 28th September, at the Presbyterian Manse, Brisbane, by the Rev. D. F, Mitchell, Rev. J. Peart, eldest son of John Peart, Esq., Dyke, Weardale, Durham, England, to Annie, second daughter of H. T. Perry, Esq., State School, Blackall.

    By ken heatherington (09/12/2021)
  • Hello

    This is my great grandfather. Edna Lilias was my grandmother. The family story suggests that he was defrocked for sexual misdemeanours and that Annie brought the children up alone, although she was certainly in Tideswell in 1901 so perhaps some rapprochement then. Not sure about Halstead, though. I have found him at Alston in 1892 (Cumberland and Westmorland Herald 19 March 1892)

    By Dr Jane Grenville (01/03/2021)

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