Taylor, John (1837-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

John was born abt 1837 at Bilston, Staffordshire to parents Joseph Taylor and Sarah Clayton. His father was a miner and Primitive Methodist. John also worked as a coal miner.

Following his conversion, John became an acceptable local preacher. After the death of his first wife, he yielded to a call to the ministry.


In John’s obituary, Rev A Kynaston writes; ‘ He was a fine brotherly soul. In the homes of his people he was ever welcome. As a preacher he was most acceptable. Someone slow and deliberate, but ever thought provoking. His circuits, in many cases, were wide and involved much walking, but the work was faced cheerfully.’


John was married to Jane Hickson (b abt 1830) in the last quarter of 1857 at Bilston. They had one child.

  • Joseph Frederick (1858-1931) -a house painter and paper hanger

John married Elizabeth Wright (1837-1914) in the summer of 1867 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

John died on 16 December 1918 at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.


  • 1864 Bilston
  • 1865 Dawley
  • 1867 Ramsor
  • 1870 Brierley Hill
  • 1871 Oswestry
  • 1872 Welshpool
  • 1874 Whitchurch
  • 1877 Market Drayton
  • 1879 Minsterley
  • 1882 St Austell
  • 1884 Mangotsfierld
  • 1886 Market Drayton
  • 1890 Bilston
  • 1893 Wem
  • 1895 Newtown
  • 1896 Wolverhampton ll
  • 1898 Wolverhampton (S)
  • 1899 Bilston


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886 (portrait); 1919/361

PM Minutes 1919/288

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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