Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Sharp
JOHNN RAINE died, October 10th, 1854, in the fifty-first year of his age, and the thirtieth year of his Christian experience. After labouring for some time in the sphere of a local preacher in England, the land of his birth, he emigrated to the United States in the year 1829. From the year 1830 to the year 1844 he was engaged by the Primitive Methodists of the Eastern States as an itinerant minister. For the last ten years of his life he was an acceptable and useful local preacher in connection with Rockyford circuit, Illinois.
Enlightened and consecrated by Divine grace, he served God with a willing mind and a devoted heart, making the glorifying of God the principal object of his being, and the care of his soul the chief concern of his existence. Experiencing the gospel to impart a present free and full salvation, he preached it in these distinctive characters with a sympathy, faithfulness, and pathos which rendered him useful and acceptable.
Cultivating the endearments of Christian friendship, and the sanctified feelings of humanity, he was a true friend and an affectionate Christian brother in Christ.
I have not been able to identify John in online records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
- 1838 New York.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1855/512
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers