Kendall reports that whilst in Knowlwood, prior to being sent by General Mission Committee to Australia, John conducted revivalist services at Summit which brought a group of young men into the church including James Travis, John Slater and Barnabas Wild.
Susannah’s obituary, published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine gives some details of his ministry in England after his first marriage.
He continued as Primitive Methodist minister in Australia, despite showing as ‘disappeared’ by Leary. From 1875 to 1879 he was in New Zealand. From 1883 to 1897 he served as Anglican minister at St John’s, Walhalla.
John was born abt1826 at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, to parents William Sandrin and Joice. He was baptised on 26 March 1826 at Ashton under Lyne.
He married Susannah Flitcroft (1827-1861) on 12 July 1852 at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. They had two children.
- John Hiles (1857-1921) – a railway employee for 38 years
- Thomas William (1861-1861)
He married Jane Penberthy, nee Bennett (1829-1872) on 10 March 1862 at North Adelaide, South Australia. They had two children.
- Elizabeth Joice (1863-1888) – married John Freeman
- Matthew William (1872-1872)
He married Marjorie May Crombie (d1905) on 8 September 1873 at Adelaide, South Australia.
John died on 11 December 1897 at Launceston City, Tasmania, Australia.
- 1847 Bury
- 1848 Preston
- 1849 Bradwell
- 1850 Warrington
- 1851 St Helens
- 1852 Foxhill Bank
- 1854 Knowlwood
- 1856 Stalybridge
- 1857 Adelaide – Australia
- 1858 Salisbury
- 1859 Blancheton
- 1860 Mount Bartker
- 1861 Kooringa
- 1862 disappears
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862/459
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p46
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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