Pegman, John William (1889-1958

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN WILLIAM PEGMAN: was a native of Murton Colliery in Co. Durham, and in his late teens went as an assistant Pastor to Rev. James Flannigan, a Connexional evangelist then in the Nottingham First Circuit. Entering the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1916, he received his training at Hartley College, and on leaving College went as a Probationary Superintendent to the Appleby Circuit. 

On his marriage in 1920 he went to Redruth, from there to Lowick, and thence to Yorkshire, where in the North and West Ridings a great part of his ministry was spent. He was a faithful pastor and preacher, always anxious to help others, and a special feature of his earlier and mid-ministry was the number of young men he trained for the Ministry or as local preachers. At least six of our ministers had their initial training at his hands. 

He went to the Wensleydale Circuit in 1955, and after a severe illness lasting some months he died in Leyburn, on 23 August 1958, on the eve of his retirement in the sixty-ninth year of his age and the forty-second of his ministry.


John was born on 20 June 1886 at Murton Colliery, nr Sunderland, Co. Durham, to parents John, a colliery mason (1901), and Elizabeth.

The 1901 census return records John as a colliery mason’s apprentice. In 1911.John is a ‘ministerial help’ in Nottingham.

He married Edith May Armistead (1897-1978) on 30 June 1920 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire. Birth records identify two children.

  • John Basil (1924-2001)
  • David M (b1938)

John died on 23 August 1958 at Leyburn, Wensleydale, Yorkshire..


  • Hartley
  • 1916 Appleby
  • 1918 Poplar
  • 1919 Burslem
  • 1920 Redruth
  • 1922 Lowick
  • 1926 Helmsley
  • 1929 Hornsea
  • 1932 Ripon
  • 1936 Thornley
  • 1941 Glasgow Park
  • 1944 Kirby Moorside
  • 1947 Birkenshaw &c
  • 1950 Castleford Powell
  • 1953 Brigg &c
  • 1955 Wensleydale


Methodist Minutes 1959/178

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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