Antliff, Samuel DD (1823-1892)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869

Samuel was born on 5 July 1823 at Caunton, Nottinghamshire  to parents William Antliff and Elizabeth Cartwright. He was baptised on 6 July 1823 at Caunton. Samuel was converted aged sixteen and soon his name appeared on the plan.


As a home missionary he laboured ardently, and was abundantly successful. His success in restoring wrecked circuits gave him some hard fields of toil, and it was only his wife’s splendid management that served to keep the wolf from the door at times. At Mansfield his powerful preaching, lecturing and temperance advocacy brought him to public notice and from that time forward his services were in constant request across the country.

Ritson and Barber record that Samuel had influence in the founding of Elmfield College, the Sunderland Institute and the Connexional Fire Insurance Company.

Samuel was President of Conference in 1873 and President of the New Zealand Conference in 1875.

In later years he was blind but was still able to conduct a service, even reciting the lesson himself. Samuel was a powerful preacher, an ecclesiastical statesman, and a gifted administrator. He worked on the Derby School Board and as a member of Derbyshire County Council up until his death.


Samuel married Judith Norris (1819-1884) in 1846 at Grantham, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • William Norris (1848-1909) – a railway clerk
  • Emily Judith (1850-1918) – married William Edward Crombie, a PM Minister
  • Lavina (1856-1907) – married Albert Lewis Humphries, a PM Minister
  • Joseph Cartwright (1858-1861)
  • Frederick Samuel (1860-1937) – an architect

Samuel died on 2 February 1892 at Draycott, Derbyshire.


  • 1841 Chesterfield
  • 1842 Winster
  • 1843 Nottingham
  • 1844 Sleaford
  • 1845 Leicester
  • 1847 Earl Shilton
  • 1848 Rotherham
  • 1849 Mansfield
  • 1853 Loughborough
  • 1856 Nottingham ll
  • 1861 Derby
  • 1867 Nottingham l
  • 1869 Missionary Secretary
  • 1874 to Australia
  • 1876 to London
  • 1878 Secretary of GMC
  • 1880 Treasurer of Mission Fund
  • 1881 Derby ll
  • 1884 Nottingham l
  • 1887 Derby l


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869 (portrait); 1909/469

PM Minutes 1892/6

The Primitive Methodist, 1892, p81

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p498; Vol 2, p292

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p161

Joseph Ritson, The Romance of Primitive Methodism , 1909, p 252

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Comments about this page

  • I have added transcriptions of three articles about Samuel written by the Rev. S.A. Barron, who knew Samuel as first superintendent, which where published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909.

    By Geoff Dickinson (15/04/2020)
  • Page updated on 22 November 2015 to add a transcription of an article in the 1913 Christian Messenger.

    By Geoff Dickinson (22/11/2015)

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