Hurd, Henry (1839-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.T.

Forty years ago Henry Hurd, a railway guard, picked up a tract in a railway carriage. He read it, and it led to his conversion. Since then until his death, which took place on May 29th, 1914, he had been a faithful and devoted member of our Penzance Church. The Sunday after his conversion found him in the Sunday school, where he has continuously laboured as teacher and superintendent. This year a long service diploma was presented to him as a record of forty years’ devoted service.

He took a deep interest in all other departments of Church work, and for a number of years served as society steward and as circuit steward. His genial presence, kind words, and wise counsel gained the respect of all who knew him; this was shown by his election to District Meeting and to Conference. For more than a year he has been in failing health, and during his illness his wife and eldest son died within about three weeks of each other; all this was borne with patience and resignation.


Henry was born in the summer of 1839 at Horrabridge, Devon, to parents John Hurd, a farm labourer (1851), and Charlotte Hole.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Henry.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1871 railway guard
  • 1881 railway passenger guard
  • 1891 passenger guard on railway
  • 1901 retired railway guard
  • 1911 railway old age pensioner

He married Mary King Bryant (1843-1914) in early 1865 in the Truro Registration District, Cornwall. Census returns identify seven of eight children.

  • Julia Charlotte (b1865) -a shop assistant (1901)
  • William Henry (1869-1871)
  • Mary (1871-1927) – married William Penrose, a railway guard (1911), in 1895
  • Anne (b1873)
  • Henrietta (1875-1948) – married Herbert William Ferris, foreman at parcels dept of G.W.R. (1911), in 1898
  • Thomas Henry (1878-1914) – railway engine driver (1911)
  • Alexander (1879-1956) – a railway porter (1901); emigrated to USA in 1906; a locomotive engineer (1930)

Henry died on 29 May 1914 at Penzance, Cornwall.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/578

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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