Watchman, John George (1886-1973)


John was born on 31 July 1886 at Croxdale, Co. Durham, to parents John Watchman, a coal miner and Mary Ann Turner.

Before entering the ministry John worked as a school teacher (1901). The 1939 register records John as a clerk with Durham County Council.

He married Barbara Hutton Craig (1886-1942) in the summer of 1914 at Durham, Co. Durham. Birth records identify two children.

  • John Colin Watchman (1915-2007)
  • Alec Craig (1920-1943) – died in Thailand during WW2

He married Margaret Jane Cosker, nee Barnfather (1893-1972) in the spring of 1944 at Durham, Co. Durham.

John died in the summer of 1973 in the Durham South East Registration District.


  • 1910 Horncastle
  • 1914 Brigg
  • 1916 Skegness
  • 1920 ceased


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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