Blenkin, Stephenson (1854-1939)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

STEPHENSON BLENKIN: born in 1854, he entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1874. In 1888 he went out to missionary work in the island of Fernando Po, West Africa. After two years he had to return to England on account of illness. In the home ministry he rendered effective and faithful service in many circuits, and became a supernumerary in 1904. 

In the oversight of the churches of the Abergavenny Circuit he continued to give valuable service for several years after his retirement. He was a man of strong convictions and of definite administrative gifts. Resolute of purpose, his whole ministry was enriched by a passionate and eager evangelism. He died on August 15, 1939, in the eighty-sixth year of his age and the sixty-fifth of his ministry.

Family

Stephenson was born in early 1854 at Leven, Yorkshire, to parents Stephenson, a miller, and Ann. He was baptised on 9 April 1854 at Leven.

Before entering the ministry, Stephenson worked as a blacksmith.

He married Harriet Collins (1852-1908) in the summer of 1882 in the Kensington Registration District, London.

He married Jane Elizabeth Williams, nee Trotter (1853-1948) in early 1911 in the Brentford Registration District, London.

Stephenson died on 15 August 1939 at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

Circuits

  • 1874 Supply
  • 1875 Ramsgate
  • 1876 Berkhamstead
  • 1877 Chichester
  • 1878 Redhill
  • 1879 Redsale
  • 1881 Chatham
  • 1882 Ryde & Ventnor
  • 1884 Braintree
  • 1886 Sudbury
  • 1887 Glasgow I
  • 1888 St George’s Bay
  • 1890 Mardon
  • 1891 Glasgow Mission
  • 1893 Scotter
  • 1898 Goudhurst
  • 1900 Chertsey
  • 1902 Abergavenny
  • 1904 Abergavenny (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1940/163

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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