Sunderland, John Edward (1851-1924)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Early years

John was born on 25 May 1851 at Keighley, Yorkshire.

John joined the Church when aged seventeen. He became a Sunday School Teacher and local preacher. He helped to establish the Primitive Methodist cause at Worth and, at both his own chapel, Queen Street, Keighley and at Worth village, John acted as assistant superintendent of the Sunday School.

Before entering the ministry, John worked as a spinner in the woollen mill.


John’s sermons were studiously prepared and interestingly, sometimes quaintly, delivered. By the expository method John built his people up to their most holy faith.

John served as District Sunday School Secretary and District Building Committee Secretary. He was also General Committee Delegate for both the Bristol and Brinkworth Districts.

At the outbreak of war in 1914, John was stationed at Weymouth. He was appointed United Board Chaplain to the Forces for Portland Garrison.

On retiring to Morecambe, John took charge of the Heysham Home of Rest Church.


John married Martha Walker (1852-1914) in the summer of 1880 at Keighley, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Charles Edward (1881-1958) – a salesman (furnishing) (1911)
  • Elizabeth (1883-1971) – married Edgar F Millington in 1917
  • Marian (1885-1966) – postal clerk (1911)
  • John (1886-1952) – a sorting clerk and telegraphist (1911)
  • Stanley (1890-1972) – ironmonger’s assistant (1911)

John married Emily Salt in late 1921 at Morecambe, Lancashire.

John died on 20 April 1924 at Morecambe, Lancashire.


  • 1876 Southampton
  • 1879 Bourton
  • 1880 Brinkworth
  • 1883 Newbury
  • 1886 Hereford
  • 1889 Midsomer Norton
  • 1891 Chippenham
  • 1894 Exmouth
  • 1897 Wallingford
  • 1901 Witney
  • 1904 Lydney
  • 1907 Bristol
  • 1911 Weymouth
  • 1920 Morecambe (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/462; 1924/658

PM Minutes 1924/283

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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