Smith, John Thomas (1866-1930)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

John was born on 29 December 1866 at Penshaw, Co Durham to parents William and Mary. William was a labourer.

John became a local preacher on the Hetton circuit before being recommended for ministry.


In all his circuits John’s sterling character and devotion to duty revealed him as a faithful minister of Jesus Christ. His respective circuits reaped the benefit of his unselfish service in a prosperity that was permanent. As long as health permitted he was happy in his work and took delight in it. His qualities as a preacher were more substantial than showy, and on all his services he brought to bear a clear mind and conscientious purpose. As a pastor he excelled.


John married Bertha Webb (b1872) in the summer of 1895 at Banbury, Oxfordshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Christie Isabelle (b1896)
  • Hubert Arthur (b1899)

John died on 25 October 1930 at Dawlish, Devon.


  • Hartley
  • 1891 Banbury
  • 1893 Faringdon
  • 1895 Goudhurst
  • 1896 Croydon
  • 1902 Peterborough
  • 1906 Sheffield III
  • 1910 Newton & Hyde
  • 1911 Beccles
  • 1912 Loddon
  • 1914 Watton
  • 1915 Wolverton
  • 1918 Wirksworth
  • 1922 Hurstbourne Ta
  • 1925 Falmouth (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/418; 1931/309

PM Minutes 1931/320

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers





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