Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by John Mould
SAMUEL BEVAN, died August 27th, 1870, aged 24 years. Of his early life we know but little, save that he lived according to the course of this world until nearly 17 years of age, when he was convinced of the error of his way under the Primitive Methodist ministry. He sought for pardoning mercy through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ, which he found to the joy of his soul. He at once united in church fellowship with our people, and became an active and useful member, His name was put on the Circuit Plan, and as a local preacher he was distinguished by great acceptability.
He was recommended by the Wolverhampton Circuit as suitable to become a travelling preacher, and was taken out to labour in the Manchester Third Circuit, in December, 1869. He studied hard to make himself efficient, preached well, had seals to his ministry, and was acceptable and useful in his work.
But physically he was of light build, and was scarcely equal to the wear and tear of our ministry. By taking cold fever of the brain was soon induced, under which he sank. Burial took place in fourteen days from the time when he preached his last sermon. He was an orphan, and had no relatives near him; but he was respectably interred by the circuit, being deeply regretted by friends in every part of the station. Long as reason remained he evinced the most unshaken confidence in the Saviour. Hence, his end was marked by the blessedness of those whose trust is in God.
Samuel was born in 1846. I have not been able to identify his birth records online.
Samuel died on 27 August 1870 at Salford, Lancashire.
- 1870 Manchester III
PM Minutes 1871/6
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers