Atterby, Samuel (1800-1849)

Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.25b

Samuel was born on 20 July 1800 at North Somercotes, Lincolnshire.


Samuel was one of two missionaries expeditiously created by the Nottingham Circuit in response to a request from Mrs Woolhouse for missionaries in Hull. The other was John Hutchinson.

In 1819, he was sent to the Retford Mission. During that mission he suffered imprisonment at Bolsover in Derbyshire and again, eight days later, at Tickhill in Yorkshire. Later that year, the journal of Sampson Turner records that on 10 October Samuel preached with great effect at Belper. The chapel was so full that many could not get in!

Samuel was the preacher at the camp meeting at Mousehold Heath where Elizabeth Bultitude, the last PM Woman Minister, was converted in 1828.

Curry reports the following in relation to Samuel’s time in the Isle of Man.

The first intimation of the coming revival we have from Mr, S. Atterby, who tells us that preparations began in the early autumn of this year (1839) by a whole day of prayer and fasting throughout the whole Circuit, beginning at six o’clock in the morning. This day of prayer was followed by services at each place each evening. ” The cloud of the Divine presence rests upon them,: such power, such prayer, burning zeal, holy love, prevailing faith, and unwearied labours by the Manx brothers and sisters I never before witnessed. Conversions took place throughout the whole Circuit. At Douglas there were fifty-six, and at Castletown fifty more.”


Samuel married Hannah Dent in 1823. She died in 1827. Parish records identify one child.

  • Frances Ann (1824-1901) – brought up by Dent grandparents and married James Shaw

Samuel then married Sarah Heafford (1801-1842) in 1832 at Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire.

He died on 4 June 1849 at Stalybridge, Cheshire.


  • 1821 Loughborough
  • 1822 Scotter
  • 1823 Brigg
  • 1824 Balderton
  • 1825 Norwich
  • 1827 Yarmouth
  • 1830 Cambridge
  • 1832 Upwell
  • 1835 Oldham
  • 1837 Isle of Man
  • 1840 Bradwell
  • 1841 Liverpool
  • 1844 Huddersfield
  • 1846 Blackburn
  • 1848 Stalybridge


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1849/579

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p 86, p91, p103, p238

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p362; vol 2, p228

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

J. Simpson, Memoir of the Life, Labours, Character and Death of Samuel Atterby, Primitive Methodist Minister (London, 1849)

W Curry, The Story of Primitive Methodism in the Isle of Man, PM World 10 Jan 1907 pp25/6

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Samuel Atterby was mentioned in the book “From Hayloft to Temple” by Arthur H Patterson (published 1903) on Page 28

    By Stuart Hague (12/02/2021)

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