John Smith


Primitive Methodist Magazine | Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.38b
Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.38b

John was born on 25 April 1802 at Wrenbury, Cheshire.


Petty describes John as being ‘zealous and useful’. In the mid 1830’s John was superintendent of an area that included Ipswich. Missionary work extended into Essex. A full report of John’s work in Yarmouth, in his own words, can be found in the Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1837.


John married Jane Rogers on 9 November 1831 at Ellesmere Shropshire. Jane was born abt 1801 at Lyneal, Shropshire. They had four children identified census records.

  • John George (1834-1904) – a PM Minister
  • Sarah Jane (b1836)
  • Mary Ann (b1838)
  • Jane Amelia (1841-1872) – married Henry Worth, a PM Minister

John died on 7 December 1851.


  • 1824 Burland
  • 1825 Oakengates
  • 1826 Burland
  • 1826 Preston Brook
  • 1827 Tunstall
  • 1829 Norwich
  • 1831 Lynn
  • 1834 Yarmouth
  • 1837 Fakenham
  • 1839 Norwich
  • 1841 Lynn
  • 1843 Upwell
  • 1845 Brandon
  • 1847 Fakenham
  • 1849 Yarmouth


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1843/fr; 1852/321

Primitive Methodist Magazine – Portrait & Reference 1899/261

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p426f

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p293, p390

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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