John was born on 26 January 1895 at Darwen, Lancashire, to parents Robert Schofield, a cotton mill carder (1901), and Betty Kay.
The 1911 census return records James as a cotton yarn piecer.
He married Ellen Smith (1895-1989) in the summer of 1925 at Royton, Lancashire. Birth records identify three children.
- Gordon (1926-1973)
- Thelma J (b abt1930) – married Edmund Howard in 1951
- Beatrice E (b1933)
John died in the spring of 1954 in the Oldham Registration District, Lancashire.
- 1921 Supply
- 1922 Nantwich &c
- 1925 Minsterley
- 1930 North Cave
- 1935 Patrington
- 1943 resigned
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers