Stamp, John


A transcription of journal extracts published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine concerning his time in Louth Circuit is attached. He summarises his time at Louth as follows.

“During the three years that Father Coulson and myself have laboured in this, the Louth circuit, we have built sixteen chapels, enlarged one, bought another, and fitted up a large room; and have had an increase of twenty-five local preachers, and four hundred and sixteen members; and our last quarter’s income was sixty-five pounds more than the first; and we have called out three additional travelling preachers, and have fitted up a preacher’s house.

I have walked more than ten thousand miles, have preached upwards of one thousand five hundred sermons, and have visited near six thousand families; and, through the blessing of God, I feel more strong to labour than when I first began, which I attribute in a great measure to total abstinence from intoxicating drinks, and the blessing of Almighty God.”

Petty however gives a very different slant on John Stamp. A transcription of the section in Petty’s book is attached. Whilst John appears to have been a successful evangelist, he was no administrator, and caused havoc on the Sheerness station. He was ejected from the PM ministry in 1841. Taking umbrage he returned to Hull and set up a rival independent society that quickly failed.

Research Notes

The 1841 census return identifies John as a dissenting minister at Ramsgate, aged 33. he was wife Mary (b abt1818) and daughters Emma (b abt1834) and Mary (b abt1837)

A John Stamp married a Mary Ann Raymond on 4 June 1832 at St Mary, Lambeth, Surrey. They had daughters Emma Raymond and Mary Ann Raymond born in 1834 & 1836 and baptised together in 1836. 

Mary is described as a widow in the 1851 census return.


  • 1837 Louth
  • 1838 Hull
  • 1839 Sheerness
  • expelled


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1839/415

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p419ff

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p454ff

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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