Hyatt, John

Birth Name Hyatt, John
Gramps ID I0293
Gender male
Age at Death 59 years, 18 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth [E4023] 12 January 1767 SHERBORNE Dorset England  
Death [E4024] 30 January 1826 Thornhaurgh Street, Russell Square, london  
Baptism [E4025] 24 January 1767 Sherborne Unity Chapel  
Occupation [E4026]   Methodist Minister


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Hyatt, John Guppy [I0242]
Mother Chick, Elizabeth [I0140]
    Brother     Hyatt, Charles [I0258]
         Hyatt, John [I0293]
    Brother     Hyatt, James [I0341]
    Sister     Hyatt, Elizabeth [I0343]
    Brother     Hyatt, William [I0348]
    Brother     Hyatt, Robert [I1913]


    Family of Hyatt, John and Westcombe, Elizabeth [F0189]
Married Wife Westcombe, Elizabeth [I0349]
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage [E5533] 1 January 1787 Sherborne Unity Chapel  
  1. Hyatt, Maria [I0388]
  2. Hyatt, William [I0399]
  3. Hyatt, Louisa [I0364]
  4. Hyatt, George [I0369]
  5. Hyatt, Thomas [I1575]
  6. Hyatt, Joseph [I1574]
  7. Hyatt, John [I0379]
  8. Hyatt, Charles James [I0383]
  9. Hyatt, Unknown [I2068]
  10. Hyatt, Samuel [I0410]
  11. Hyatt, Eliza [I1809]


A young man of ill repute, brought up in the Crosskeys inn, Sherborne. At 14 he was an apprentice Cabinet Maker. At 18 he took charge of the cabinet makers upon the death of the owner. He soon became "ungodly" and took to "sinful pleasures". In his late teens he met Elizabeth Westcomb(e), her father had an extensive library and John started to educate himself. In 1794 he became friendly with the Rev J. Weston, a visiting wesleyan preacher. This lead to john preaching his first sermon at Compton, Dorset, near sherborne in 1790. Over the next few years he visited chapels nearby to preach and gained a good following, including in Mere, Wiltshire, where he built a chapel. He was ordained there on 17th July 1798. He then moved to Frome, Somerset, 1800. In 1805 his peers in the church sent him (not entirely at his own wish) to London, to the Whitfield Tabernacle, Leonard St. Finsbury, and then on to the Tottenham Court Chapel "Mathew Wilks" where he became Minister of the London Tabernacle for the next 20 years or so until his death, a celebrated man. During his life in London he lived at 61 Great Russell st. Bloomsbury Square.

Quote: "It is the fashion in the present day to talk of man's enlightenment, and to represent human nature as upheaving under its load, as straining towards a knowledge of truth; such is not in reality the case, and whenever there is an effort in the minduntaught of the Spirit, it is directed towards God as the great moral and not as the great spiritual Being. A man untaught of the Holy Ghost may long to know a moral, he can never desire to know a spiritual Being."

In 1799 Mr. John Hyatt became the Pastor of the Zion Congregational Church, Frome, Somerset, but resigned that office in May, 1805, to become the co-pastor of the famous Matthew Wilks at the Tabernacle and Tottenham Court Chapel, London. In relinquishing his charge, much to the distress of his people, he said: "Their love and liberality are unbounded. I have been a master, without the necessity of ruling; a servant, without being ruled; and a friend, without being slighted."
W. J. HARVEY, Deacon & Secretary of the Church, 1918.

Will of Reverend John Hyatt, Resident Minister of theTabernacle and Tottenham Court Chapel of Tottenham Court , Middlesex 07 April 1826 PROB 11/1711
Buried 8 Feb 1826 at Bunhill Fields Cemetery, London.

Surman card index: Ordained at Compton, Dorset 1790, then Supplied to Mere, Wiltshire in 1796 and became Pastor there 1798-1800, then to Zion Chapel, Frome, Somerset 1800-1805, then to the Whitfield Tabernacle, Leonard St. Finsbury, moving quickly to the Tottenham Court Road Chapel as Co-Pastor with Matthew Wilks in 1805 to his death in 1826.

It is said of John's father "that having no friends possessed of considerable means, was taken in and trained up amidst scenes of obscurity and dependance. When but very young, he entered upon the married life, after which he commenced business in a small public house in his native town, where, by the aid of divine providence, and a prudent and excellent wife, he brought up a numerous family in decency and comfort"

Above is Quoted from family correspondance, researched by Paul F. Cranefield for his book 'Born Wanderer: The Life of Stanley Portal Hyatt'

Buried 8th Feb 1826 in Bunhill Fields.


Type Value Notes Sources
RFN 633485525


  1. Hyatt, John Guppy [I0242]
    1. Chick, Elizabeth [I0140]
      1. Hyatt, John
        1. Westcombe, Elizabeth [I0349]
          1. Hyatt, Louisa [I0364]
          2. Hyatt, George [I0369]
          3. Hyatt, John [I0379]
          4. Hyatt, Charles James [I0383]
          5. Hyatt, Maria [I0388]
          6. Hyatt, William [I0399]
          7. Hyatt, Samuel [I0410]
          8. Hyatt, Joseph [I1574]
          9. Hyatt, Thomas [I1575]
          10. Hyatt, Eliza [I1809]
          11. Hyatt, Unknown [I2068]
      2. Hyatt, Robert [I1913]
      3. Hyatt, William [I0348]
      4. Hyatt, James [I0341]
      5. Hyatt, Charles [I0258]
      6. Hyatt, Elizabeth [I0343]