Smith, Benjamin (1849-1920)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Mr. B. Smith was born at Hovingham, near Malton, in 1849. For over fifteen years he has been Circuit Steward of Hull II, and has rendered excellent service as School Superintendent and Local preacher. He came to Hull in 1875, and joined our church when seventeen years of age. For two years he attended our Bourne Chapel and then moved to Clowes Chapel. Our friend’s family life has been most happy. One son has been given to our ministry, another is a Local Preacher, and the rest of the sons and daughters of this large family are in close touch with the worship and work of our Church. During recent years Mr. Smith’s business and religious activities have been curtailed by impaired health, but the last few months have witnessed a marked improvement and he is getting back to his old form. With his deep sympathy with the Church, his spontaneous and constant generosity, his intelligent and fervent piety he is a most admirable Chancellor.


Family and other information

Benjamin was born in 1849 to parents Thomas and Jane Esther. Thomas worked the land.

Benjamin operated a wholesale grocery business after moving to Hull.

He married Martha Cousins (1850-1918) in late 1872 at Malton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven of nine children.

  • Benjamin (1876-1939) – a commercial traveller grocer (1911)
  • Thomas (b1878) – commercial traveller grocery (1911)
  • Anne (b1879)
  • Ernest (1881-1949) – a PM Minister
  • Walter (b abt1883) – wholesale grocer (1911)
  • Kate (b abt1886)
  • Alfred (b abt1890) – a student civil engineer (1911)

Benjamin died on 19 October 1920 at York, Yorkshire (corrected as below). Follow this link to view his gravestone.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/256

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Hi Claire,

    Just spotted your posting from November. My grandfather was Charles Richard (Dick) Smith, one of your grandfather’s younger brothers. I’d be very happy to swap information about our family if you like. I am in touch with a few branches of the Smith clan. It would be great to hear from you.

    Best Wishes,



    By Michael Wrigglesworth (18/06/2016)
  • Ben Smith was my Great Great Grandfather also, this is fascinating, thank you. My Grandfather was the third Ben Smith.

    By Claire Truscott (07/11/2015)
  • Many thanks for this page from which I’ve learnt some new facts about Ben Smith I didn’t know before. Ben was my great great grandfather. He was born on the 13th September 1849 and in fact didn’t die in 1912 but on the 19th October 1920 at The Retreat in York. I will attach some photos to this site that are connected to him.

    By Michael Wrigglesworth (24/05/2015)
  • Michael,

    Thanks for your additional information about Ben Smith and the corrected date of his death.

    By Geoff Dickinson (24/05/2015)

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