Beable, Arthur (1841-1877)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by John D. Dinnick

ARTHUR BEABLE was born at Ugborough, in Devonshire, May 7th, 1841, and brought to God at Ivybridge, under the labours of the Rev. E.A. Telfer , Wesleyan, and commenced his public work in the “Christian Mission,” under the direction of the Rev. William Booth, in 1869. He entered the Primitive Methodist ministry in May, 1874, and began his labours on the Brighton Mission, under the superintendence of the Rev. Benjamin Dinnick, whence, after one year and two months’ successful work, he removed to Aldershot, in July, 1875, where he continued till his health almost unexpectedly and suddenly gave way, from whence he was removed to the London Temperance Hospital. 

His labours were abundant; the printed plan did not measure his work. Opportunities were seized of every kind and character, and turned to good account. He excelled as an open-air preacher. Full of tact and wit, possessed of keen perception, a commanding appearance, a good voice, and being a capital singer, he could address an audience anywhere with effect and blessing. I never heard him speak for the Master but I felt proud of him. He was thoroughly adapted for the military mission work, and scores of soldiers have, directly through his labours, been brought to God. He went home to glory fully ripe and ready.


Arthur was born on 7 May 1841 at Ugborough, Devon, to parents Thomas, a blacksmith, and Mary.

Before entering the ministry, Arthur worked as a blacksmith.

Arthur died in the summer of 1877 in the Chelsea Registration District, London.


  • 1874 Brighton
  • 1875 Guildford
  • 1877 Gen MC Agent


PM Minutes 1878/11

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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