Howell, Henry William (1854-1941)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Mr. Henry W. Howell, for five years the esteemed Steward of the Cambridge 2nd Circuit, was born at Burnham Thorpe in 1854. His parents were good Methodists and both father and grandfather were members of the Society before the Chapel was built, when the meetings were held in a cottage. When the present building was erected he was one of the first scholars in the Sunday School then begun. He was converted at Foxley on the Briston Circuit in 1873 under the ministry of the late Rev. W.H. Meadows. He was married in the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Fakenham and in Mrs. Howell he has a loving and devoted wife. His son Harry is organist at the Tabernacle, and with marked ability fulfils his duties. Mr. Howell is also a local preacher, and formerly served as Society Steward at the Tabernacle for nearly three years.


Family and other information

Henry was born in 1854 at Burham Thorpe, Norfolk to parents Robert and Maria. Robert became a farm steward (1871). Henry was baptised on 5 November 1854 at Burham Thorpe.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Henry.

  • 1871 farm labourer
  • 1881 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 superintendent – Prudential Assurance Company
  • 1901 ins off (insurance officer)
  • 1911 insurance agent

Henry married Sarah Ann Gould (abt1853-1910) in late 1877 at Fakenham, Norfolk. Census returns identify two children.

  • Henry William (b1879) – a college clerk (1911); later an education authority clerk (1941)
  • Ruth (1882-1904)

Henry died on 20 March 1941 at Norwich, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/278

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