Wilson, John (1799-1876)

Primitive Methodist Magazine | Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.26a
Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.26a

Early years

John was born on 26 August 1799 at Wrawby, Lincolnshire, to parents William and Magdalene. He was baptised on 1 September 1799. John’s father, a methodist, died whilst he was young and John went to live with his grandfather. He was converted in 1821 and soon became an exhorter on the plan. On moving in 1824, he joined the Primitive Methodists and received his first ticket in August 1824. He was soon called to itineracy in the Hull Circuit.


In meditating at times on his commencement of the ministerial work, he was painfully impressed with his lack of the requisite qualifications for the undertaking, and how imperfect his apprehensions were of the dignity and responsibility of that holy calling. He had no thoughts of what his salary might be, but full of zeal and love, he commenced his work, looking to God for the help he required.

Whilst at Glasgow, Colin Campbell McKechnie was converted to God.


John  married Elizabeth Graham (1800-1884) on 27 August at Nicol Forest, Cumberland. She was born at Kirkandrews upon Esk, Cumberland. Four children are identified on census returns.

  • Mary (b1831) – a dressmaker
  • Samuel (1836-1905) – a master draper
  • Elizabeth M (b1839)
  • Robert William (b1845)

John died on 23 December 1876 at Barrow upon Humber, Lincolnshire.


  • 1825 Guisborough (6 mths)
  • 1825 S Shields (6 mths)
  • 1826 Carlisle (1 yr 6 mths)
  • 1828 Hexham (6 mths)
  • 1830 Newcastle
  • 1831 Ripon
  • 1833 Brompton
  • 1835 Glasgow
  • 1836 N Shields
  • 1838 Berwick
  • 1840 Alston
  • 1842 Durham
  • 1844 Sunderland
  • 1845 Whitehaven
  • 1846 S Shields
  • 1848 Allendale
  • 1849 Whitby
  • 1850 Stockton
  • 1852 Berwick
  • 1854 Brompton
  • 1856 Swansea
  • 1858 Radstock
  • 1862 Barton on Humber
  • 1863 Barton on Humber (S)


The Primitive Methodist Magazine – Portrait & Reference 1850/705; 1851/705

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1878/180

PM Minutes 1877/9

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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