Sadler, John (1846-1924)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904

Early years

John was born on 11 June 1846 at Huxley, nr Chester, Cheshire to parents John Sadler and Martha Findlow. His father was a farmer. The Sadler family home received many travelling preachers. Sampson Turner preached under an elm tree in front of the house and was instrumental in the conversion of John’s father in 1819. Hugh Bourne also visited the house on several occasions. William Sanders composed many of his poems and hymns there and John, senior, copied many of them out for him.

When aged fourteen, John moved to Manchester to learn a business. Letters from his sister were instrumental in his committing to be a disciple of Christ. John began to work in the Sunday School and helped with house-to-house visitation. He preached his first sermon when aged fifteen at Clotton, whilst at home on a holiday. Five people were converted as a result. The Chester circuit recommended him for ministry. John spent a year at Elmfield under the tuition of John Petty before entering circuit ministry.


His obituary records that John had his share of chapel building, and raising funds to meet liabilities; he took his part nobly in public life, but preaching was his true function and delight.


John married Sarah Smith (1850-1926) in the spring of 1873 at Redruth, Cornwall. Census returns identify six children.

  • John Edward Frank (1874-1942) – a stationer
  • Alfred Ernest G (1875-1928)
  • Bessie Louise (abt1876-1969) – married Thomas Kinnis Garrett, a bank manager
  • Florence Ada (1879-1968) – married Richard Henry Quick, a PM Minister
  • Carrie (b1883)
  • Albert (1887-1957) – a book seller’s assistant (1911)

John died on 17 April 1924 at Tarvin, Cheshire. He was laid to rest in his own village of Huxley.


  • 1867 St Helens
  • 1869 Knowlwood
  • 1871 Blackburn
  • 1872 St Day
  • 1873 Redruth
  • 1874 Penzance
  • 1876 Redruth
  • 1880 Swansea
  • 1881 Blackburn II
  • 1884 Newton & Hyde
  • 1887 Colne
  • 1890 Halifax I
  • 1894 Huddersfield
  • 1896 Douglas
  • 1899 Maryport
  • 1900 Glasgow
  • 1903 St Ives
  • 1908 Castletown
  • 1910 St Ives
  • 1912 Redruth
  • 1914 W Kirby (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904/843; 1924/584

PM Minutes 1924/281

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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