Prince, John (1797-1833)

Ministry

A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F Hermon is attached.

Using John’s journal, Hermon writes of his conversion and experience in each of his circuits. Of his time in Haverfordwest, sermon writes as follows.

“July 7, 1831,” he says, “arrived at Haverfordwest, my new circuit. Lord help me, Amen.’’—This petition the Lord graciously answered; and enabled him to fulfil the duties of his station, with diligence, fidelity, and zeal, to the great satisfaction of the people.

During his time in Frome, cholera was rife. However it appears that sleeping in a damp bed was the cause of his fatal illness.

Also attached is an extract from the Minutes of Conference 1834, which gives an account of John Woolley and John Prince, ministers who died in the previous year, which was published in the 1835 Magazine. This report, quoting from a report by the Frome Circuit, states: ”He is our superintendant, and is attentive to discipline, He is accustomed to family visiting as much as his strength and circuit business will allow. He is a peaceable man, his preaching is acceptable. He preaches a full, free, and present salvation, and has been successful in this circuit; and his moral conduct is unimpeachable.”

Family

John was born on 29 May 1797 at Clay Hill, Shropshire, to parents John and Mary.

John died on 1 August 1833 at Frome, Somerset.

Circuits

  • 1829 Cwm
  • 1830 Blaenavon
  • 1831 Haverfordwest
  • 1832 Frome

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1834/290; 1835/49

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: The mis-spelling of superintendent is as in the printed version in the Magazine.

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