Wilson, John (1852-1927)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Early years

John was born on 23 June 1852 at Lound, Nottinghamshire to parents Jonathan and Jane. Jonathan was a tailor.

John believed himself to have been ‘born again’ at the age of eight. He started to preach whilst in his teens. In March 1874 he went to the Scotter circuit to ‘supply’ for Rev Thomas Kendall. Having passed his examination, John was placed on the Reserve List and in 1875 was pledged by the Alford circuit. His diligent attention to study, careful preparation for pulpit work and his earnest, godly character, proved his fitness for the work of the ministry.

John worked as a labourer before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that John was essentially a circuit minister. Nothing distracted his attention from the demands of this office. John had great administrative qualities and the business of his circuits was done with great care and wisdom.

His preaching was distinctly evangelical, and revivals were the order of the day in all his circuits. His cure for depressed churches or financial difficulties was a raised spiritual tone.

Through his ministry, John had a close association with the Scriptural Holiness Union.


John married Emily Ann Everingham (1855-1922) in the summer of 1879 at Pocklington, Yorkshire. Emily was the sister of Rev Joseph William Everingham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Margaret Jane (1880-1973) – married Richard Henry Oswald Keightley – son of Rev James Keightley
  • John Frederick Galland (1884-1973) – a draper (1927)
  • Ada Agnes Dora (1886-1966) – a housekeeper (1911)

John died on 12 February 1927 at Doncaster, Yorkshire.


  • 1875 Alford
  • 1876 Mexborough
  • 1878 Pocklington
  • 1879 Hornsea
  • 1881 Middleham
  • 1882 Scotter
  • 1884 Brigg
  • 1888 York I
  • 1890 Pocklington
  • 1892 Hinckley
  • 1895 Doncaster II
  • 1901 Epworth
  • 1902 North Cave
  • 1905 Barton on Humber
  • 1908 Market Rasen
  • 1912 Alford
  • 1915 Tadcaster
  • 1921 Doncaster (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/715; 1928/182

PM Minutes 1927/278

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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