A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Woodcock is attached. Woodcock comments as follows.
“Without attempting an analysis of his mental and moral qualifications, we may be allowed to observe, that his talents were of a respectable order, probably above the mediocrity. He made no pretensions to high scholarship, nor to great intellectual attainments; nor was his mind distinguished by daring in speculation, nor profoundness in metaphysics; but he possessed that which, to the Christian minister, is infinitely more valuable namely, sterling piety.
In his preaching he was simple, faithful, affectionate, and earnest. He was clear in his views of Divine truth, apt in illustrating, and remarkably pointed and powerful in applying the word of God. His direct aim was usefulness, Hence, if he did not enchant with images of fancy, nor dazzle his hearers with sublime speculations, he sought to bring the truth home to their consciences, and to conduct their souls to the throne of grace to obtain a present salvation.”
John was born on 19 April 1821 at Brighton, Sussex, to parents John, a carpenter, and Mary. He was baptised on on 20 May 1821 at Dorset Gardens Wesleyan Chapel at Brighton.
He married Sarah Ann Colbron (1822-1853) in the spring of 1850 at Brighton, Sussex. Birth Records identify one of two children.
- Sarah Ann (1852-1853)
John died on 10 December 1852 at Brighton, Sussex.
- 1846 St Albans
- 1847 London
- 1848 Glasgow
- 1850 Paisley
- 1852 Hull West
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1853/261
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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