Simons, John Alfred (1894-1950)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Bom at Burringham, in Lincolnshire, in 1894, and was trained for the teaching profession. When the call came to become a minister of the Gospel he gave up his position as a teacher and entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1924. He ministered on the Welsh border at Weobley and Ludlow, then in Market Rasen, and afterwards in a succession of Yorkshire circuits, the last of which was Ossett.

Here his health began to fail, but when he moved to Carlton in the Nottingham (East) Circuit it seemed for a time that he had recovered.

The trouble recurred, however, and the end came suddenly on 5th April 1950.

He was a man of wide knowledge and sound judgement, with administrative gifts which made him a capable Superintendent in more than one circuit. He was a fluent and sometimes eloquent speaker, but remained a teacher to the end. His pleasing personality won him many friends in all the circuits where he served.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


John was born on 20 December1894 at Burringham, Lincolnshire, to parents Charles, a railway labourer, and Mary Ann.

He married Kate Muriel Butcher (abt 1893-1959) in the summer of 1919 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Birth records identify five children.

  • John Eric (1920-2001) – a post office engineer (1950)
  • Leslie (b1921)
  • Stanley (b1922)
  • Muriel (b1923)
  • Kathleen (b1929)

John died on 5 April 1950 at Carlton, Nottinghamshire.


  • 1924 Weobly
  • 1925 Ludlow
  • 1926 Market Rasen
  • 1930 Pickering
  • 1933 Malton
  • 1937 Knaresborough
  • 1939 Rotherham
  • 1945 Ossett Queen St
  • 1947 Nottingham E


Methodist Minutes 150/147

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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