Wales, John Alfred (1851-1923)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

John was born in 1851 at Hull, Yorkshire to parents John and Frances Sarah. John, senior, was a builder and joiner. His parents were Wesleyan. When aged fourteen, John consecrated himself to Christ and became a Wesleyan. Sometime afterwards he affiliated himself to the Primitive Methodists and joined the Hull Fifth circuit.

At the time of the 1871 census, John was working as a clerk.


John’s ministry was largely exercised in agricultural districts. Many of his stations have contained a great number of small preaching places. John was known as a hard worker and a most dependable man. No long journey to a meagre congregation was ever evaded.

In his preaching he sought to comfort, exhort, instruct and help his hearers, ever endeavouring to encourage and feed the flock committed to his charge, so his sermons brought light and cheer, and healing and inspiration to the weary and downcast and disheartened; while he also strove to woo and win men to the Cross.


John married Martha Craft (1849-1898) in the summer of 1881 at Hull, Yorkshire.

John married Alice Fletcher (abt1860-1935) in the summer of 1902 at Oakham, Rutland.

John died on 29 June 1923 at Oakham, Rutland.


  • Sunderland
  • 1877 Retford
  • 1878 North cave
  • 1880 Alford
  • 1881 Market Rasen
  • 1882 Winterton
  • 1885 Brampton
  • 1887 Talke
  • 1888 Market Rasen
  • 1891 Pateley Bridge
  • 1892 Saffron Waldon
  • 1893 Barton on Humber
  • 1896 Hornsea
  • 1898 Market Rasen
  • 1901 Oakham
  • 1904 Leake
  • 1908 Skelmersdale
  • 1910 Chelmsford
  • 1911 Tranent
  • 1912 Stowmarket
  • 1916 Leicester
  • 1917 Skegness (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/461; 1923/804

PM Minutes 1924/288

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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