INNES, Jonathan 1809-1864

Obituaries from Colonist and Wellington Independent, New Zealand

Colonist 10 May 1864 Obituary 

On Monday, May 9, 1864, the mortal remains of the late Rev Jonathan Innes were borne, attended by a numerous concourse of followers, to theWesleyan Chapel, Hardy-street, where the service was performed by the Revs W. Kirk and Wallis, from thence the procession wended its way slowlyto the New Cemetery, and in the Wesleyan portion ofwhich, and by the side of his beloved wife, his body was interred. 

The Rev J. Innes was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne in the year 1809. He entered the Wesleyan Ministry in 1838, and travelled four yearsin Scotland; and in 1842 he married, and proceeded to Australia, where he labored successfully in various circuits for many years. 

During the last nine years the sphere of his ministerial duties has been in New Zealand, viz. :- Wellington, Hutt, Nelson, and Taranaki. While at Taranaki, his wife (whom he had left in Nelson on account of the unsettled state of Taranaki), died, after a long and painful illness of disease of the heart, and was buried in the New Cemetery. 

At the last Conference he was appointed again to a circuit in Australia, and on his way there he arrived in Nelson in a very weak state.

Before the steamer left for Sydney he became too ill to proceed, and gradually getting worse, after a few weeks of painful suffering he departed this life on Friday, May 6th. He breathed his last in peace. Aged 55 years. 

Wellington Independent 14 May 1864 

The late Rev J. Innes, whose death at Nelson on the 6th May, we chronicle in to-day’s issue, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, in the year 1809, entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1838, and travelled first to Scotland.

In 1842 he proceeded to Australia, where he labored successfully in various circuits for many years. During the last nine years the sphere of his ministerial duties has been in New Zealand, viz., Wellington, Hutt, Nelson and Taranaki. On Mr Innes’s removal to Taranaki, he left his wife in Nelson, on account of the then troubled state of New Plymouth, and, after a painful illness, she died here of disease of the heart, and was buried in the new Cemetery. 

At the last Conference, Mr Innes was appointed to Albury circuit, in New South Wales, and was on his way thither when illness prevented him from pursuing his journey hence by steamer to Sydney. 

Mr Innes was buried on Monday, the 9th inst., in the New Cemetery by the side of his wife, and the large concourse of persons who attended the funeral testified to the respect in which the deceased gentleman was held by his Wesleyan brethren.

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