Lenney, Simon (1847-1914)

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

Born at Bramfield in 1847, Simon Lenney with his wife removed some twenty years later to London. They joined the Castle Street Society, on the Stoke Newington Circuit. Afterwards he removed to Highbury Vale, where the Society was very weak, but he threw himself heartily into the work. 

His genial disposition and whole-hearted earnestness won for him great respect and much love. His home was well known to the preachers. He was class leader, trust treasurer, and an indefatigable worker for the welfare of the Church. 

Two years ago he retired from business and settled down at Wenhaston, near his old home. His body was laid to rest in Bramfield churchyard, Rev. J.C. Mantripp conducting the service.


Simon was born in 1847 at Bramfield, Suffolk, to parents Simon Lenny, who worked the land (1851), and Sophia Clark. He was baptised on 9 February 1847 at Bramfield. His older brother was Barney Lenny.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Simon.

  • 1861 groom
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 corn factor foreman
  • 1891 foreman plumber’s packer
  • 1901 furniture warehouseman
  • 1911 removal foreman

He married Selina Hunt (1850-1926) on 12 October 1870 at Bramfield, Suffolk. 

Simon died on 18 March 1914 at Wenhaston, Suffolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/78

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many records spell the surname, Lenny

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