Sculpher, John (1817-1889)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868

Early years

John was born in 1817 at Castleacre, Norfolk to parents George and Frances. He was baptised in 13 April 1817 at Castleacre. John’s parents were poor but installed in the family true religion and total abstinence from strong drink. John was the eldest of 14 children.

John was converted aged 16 and joined the PM Society at Rougham in the Lynn circuit. He received his first class ticket in November 1833 and went on the plan as an exhorter in 1836.


John was called to ministry by the Upwell circuit in 1840 and spent his entire ministry in his native district of Norwich.

As a preacher he was not widely known beyond his district, but he was an exceedingly useful Primitive Methodist Minister, loyal to the Connexion, both in doctrine and discipline. Usefulness was more to him than popularity, and steady, plodding work in his circuits, in the pulpit and houses of the people, much more to his taste than ‘Specials’.

His sermons, however, were well arranged, full of sound gospel truths and teaching.


John married Frances Green (1816-1902) on 23 September 1846 at Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

John died on 15 August 1889 at Kings Lynn, Norfolk.


  • 1840 Upwell
  • 1841 Fakenham
  • 1843 Cambridge
  • 1844 Swaffham
  • 1845 Wangford
  • 1846 Rockland
  • 1848 E Dereham
  • 1850 wisbech
  • 1852 Briston
  • 1854 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1856 Kelsale
  • 1858 Cambridge
  • 1860 St Ives, Hunts
  • 1861 Stowmarket
  • 1863 Wisbech
  • 1865 Yarmouth
  • 1867 Hadleigh
  • 1870 Docking
  • 1873 Swaffham
  • 1876 Ely
  • 1881 Lynn
  • 1883 Ely (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868 (portrait); 1890/565

PM Minutes 1890/16

The Primitive Methodist, 1889, p571

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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