Whittle, John (1853-1919)
John was born in 1853 at Warrington, Lancashire to parents Thomas and Mary. Thomas was a cotton spinner and was a local preacher and class leader for thirty years. The family moved to Bolton when John was a few months old. He was converted aged eleven and went of the plan when fifteen. John’s zeal and devotion found many outlets in Christian service; in school, church, circuit, and in establishing new missions in neglected localities. His commercial prospects were bright and promising. At the time of the 1871 census, John was working as a book-keeper. It was Rev J Travis who recognised his potential for ministry and although a married man, John was pledged by the Manchester third circuit in 1876.
Most of John’s ministry took place in the Manchester District and he served as Secretary of nearly every Committee in his District.
His obituary records that as a preacher, John was a remarkable blend of prophet and evangelist. There was intellectual vigour, Culture, and careful preparation. The matter was always first, the manner second. The truth was first passed through his own soul as living experience, and then uttered with clear conviction, spiritual passion, and power.
John married Margaret Garlick (b1852) in the summer of 1873 at Bolton, Lancashire. Census returns identify four children.
- Alice (1874-1954)
- William Garlick (1876-1935) – a civil servant (Post Office) (1919)
- Mary Margaret Garlick (b1882) – a telegraph operator (1901)
- Catherine Stuart (b abt1887)
John died on 18 July 1919 at Southport, Lancashire.
- 1876 Manchester III
- 1878 Manchester I
- 1881 Rochdale
- 1883 Heywood
- 1887 Southport I
- 1894 Blackburn I
- 1899 Bolton I
- 1905 Buxton
- 1907 Southport I
- 1912 Leicester IV
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/548; 1920/511
PM Minutes 1920/276
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers