WM evangelist, born at Cudworth. He was apprenticed at 14 to a Sheffield grocer, but was sent home because of his conduct. Converted in 1812, the following year he went to Sigston's Academy, Leeds. Here he came under the influence of David Stoner and became a local preacher. He gained a reputation as a revivalist, going in 1816 to the York Circuit as an evangelist and itinerating from 1817. Ill health forced him to superannuate in 1828-29. The 1831 Conference appointed him to Sheffield, but his health deteriorated rapidly and he died there on 3 November 1831. The John Smith Memorial WM Chapel at Cudworth was opened in 1892.