Teece, John (1852-1922)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Early years

John was born on 18 July 1852 at Ketley Bank, Shropshire. Following the death of his father, John’s mother, Sarah, married Joseph Cotton, a coal miner. John worked as a coal miner before entering the ministry.

John was converted aged sixteen at Mount Pleasant in the Brierly Hill circuit and soon became a local preacher.


His obituary records that John was richly dowered by nature with a commanding presence and a wonderful voice. He was remembered as an able preacher who won the love and respect of his people. He enjoyed a ministry grandly scriptural, richly evangelical, fundamentally exegetical, and experimental as well as practical.

John served as District Missionary and Sunday School Secretary.

After superannuation John settled in Belper, Derbyshire.


John married Ann Underwood (abt1853-1886) in the summer of 1880 in the Stourbridge Registration District, Worcestershire. Census returns identify one child.

  • George Harry (1882-1900) – an Emfield scholar

John married Mary Alice Greatorex (1863-1937) in early 1887 at Chorlton, Lancashire. Census returns identify three of eight children.

  • Richard Harold (1889-1938) – a butcher’s assistant (1911); served in RAMC in WW1
  • Thomas Edgar (1890-1917) – a shipping clerk (1911); died in WW1
  • Kathleen Mary (1901-1995)

John died on 14 September 1922 at Belper, Derbyshire.


  • 1875 Ashford
  • 1876 Kelsale
  • 1878 Haywards Heath
  • 1880 Tunstall
  • 1883 Manchester II
  • 1886 Staveley
  • 1889 Hoyland
  • 1893 Buxton
  • 1895 Northampton
  • 1898 Morley
  • 1901 Barnsley
  • 1905 Hull III
  • 1908 Driffield
  • 1911 Burslem
  • 1913 Belper
  • 1916 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1919 Oldbury
  • 1920 Oldbury (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/591

PM Minutes 1923/285

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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