Rev John Barling


Rev John Barling was born in Weymouth, Dorset.

He was a dissenting minister and route? large?, & proprietor of houses [1851] / a widower, proprietor of houses [1861] / a Unitarian minister [1871] / (independent) income derived from house shares and money as Int [1881] Some of his property in Jail Lane was destroyed by fire on 24th March 1840. He was insured in the Norwich Union Fire Office.

He was Minister at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [1829-1833]. In 1833, he resigned on account of ill health and moved to Bristol.

He assisted Rev William Turner before succeeding him at Northgate End Chapel [1854].

He left Northgate End Chapel in 1856.

On 25th November 1856, only 135 people were present when he gave a

dry and uninteresting lecture on The Sunday League

at the Oddfellows' Hall, Halifax. The lecture was

composed chiefly of quotations from the Scriptures and ancient authors, with whom very few present would be familiar

Question: It is said that he married a wealthy heiress. Does anyone know which of his wives this was?


In December 1859, he took out a patent for improvements in propelling vessels.

He published several religious treatises, including A Review of Trinitarianism.

He returned to Halifax shortly afterwards and attended Harrison Road Chapel.

On 1st December 1831, he married (1) Elizabeth Kitson [1811-1857] of Halifax, at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Edith E [b 1834]
  2. John [b 1837]
  3. Mary L [b 1838]
  4. Sarah Louisa [b 1840]
  5. Eliza Jane [b 1845]
  6. Fredric Harvey [b 1853] who was an undergraduate at the University of London [1871]

Elizabeth died at Fleetwood.

In 1862, he married (2) Emma Ellis [1838-1???] from Halifax, in Halifax.


  1. Arthur Stanley [b 1863] who was a student at Yorkshire College [1881]
  2. Ivon Collingworth/wood [b 1865]

The family lived at

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