Spooner, Jesse (1846-1878)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.L. Spooner as attached. He reports the comments by the Rev. R.H. Horrocks, of Baldock, as follows.

‘l ever found him a trustworthy and faithful helper. We never misunderstood each other in a single matter. He was ever ready to work for the Master— instant in season and out of season.” I never heard him complain at long journeys or small audiences. His preaching was thoroughly and generally appreciated, and was blessed to the people. He evidently understood the happy art of winning souls. He was never absent from his post, except hindered by indisposition,—which was seldom—for he enjoyed almost uninterrupted health.’


Jesse was born on 27 June 1846 at Lyng, Norfolk, to parents Jabez Spooner and Mary Loveday. His brother William Loveday Spooner was also a PM minister.

He married Elizabeth Cushing (b abt1843), a schoolmistress, in the summer of 1874 in the Norwich Registration District, Norfolk. Birth records identify two children.

  • William Cushing (1876-1928) – a drug store manager (1911)
  • Ernest George (abt1877-1878)

Jesse died on 6 March 1878 in the Wokingham Registration District, Berkshire. He was buried at Wymondham Cemetery, Norfolk.

Elizabeth married John Collett, a corn shop manager (1891), in 1882.


  • Sunderland
  • 1870 High Wycombe
  • 1872 Saffron Waldon
  • 1875 Reading


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1878/306

PM Minutes 1878/10

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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