Lenny, Barney (1835-1913)

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

A conspicuous example of native pessimism in the grip of the optimism of Christ’s gospel was Barney Lenny. And although to the close of, a lone life of seventy-seven years he bore the traces of what he might have been, he did a great. work for his church in the village of Bramfield, and much for the kingdom of Jesus.

In the old days Bro. Lenny did good work as a preacher. He also served for many years as assistant station steward. For some years past he had been afflicted and had thought to be retired from active service. But when death and migration depleted the village society he bravely took upon himself the care of the Church as class leader, society steward and Trust treasurer, and so died in harness. 

He was buried in the graveyard of the Congregational Church by the Rev. W. Howard and J.C.  Mantripp.


Barney was born on 20 September 1835 at Bramfield, Suffolk, to parents Simon Lenny, who worked the land (1841), and Sophia Clarke. He was baptised on 16 October 1835 in Wangford PM circuit, Suffolk, by Rev. W. Clarke.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Barney.

  • 1851 no occupation
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 farmer of 35 acres employing 2 labourers
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 general dealer
  • 1911 pensioner

He married Ann Lewell (1837-1894) on 29 March 1861 at Bramfield, Suffolk. Census returns identify three children.

  • Emma Louisa (1861-1943) – married Robert William Lovett, who worked the land (1891), in 1883
  • Honor Eliza (abt1865-1919 – married Charles Smith, a blacksmith (1911), in 1887
  • Ellen Sophia (1868-1952) – married James William Lovett, a farmer (1911) in 1898

He married Elizabeth Land (1849-1943) the summer of 1898 in the Blything Registration District, Suffolk.

Barney died in the spring of 1913 at Bramfield, Suffolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/752

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