Brining, H


Following the hint from Steve Gaw below, I have identified the following information in online records.

Henry was born abt1811 at Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, to parents William Brining, a PM minister, and Margaret Peggy Wignal.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Henry.

  • 1841 shopkeeper
  • 1851 grocer & tea dealer
  • 1861 tea dealer
  • 1871 tea dealer & PM local preacher
  • 1881 tea dealer

He married Mary Ann McMillan (abt1806-1866) on 1 December 1832 at St John the Baptist, Chester. Census returns identify eight children.

  • John (1834-1878) – a general dealer (1861)
  • William (1836-1894) – a hosier and haberdasher (1871)
  • Henry (1836-1855)
  • Mary Ann (b1837)
  • Sarah (b1839) – not found after 1841
  • Elizabeth (1841-1844)
  • Elizabeth (1845-1912) – married Charles James, a clerk (1871), in 1867
  • Miriam (1847-1868)

He married Mary Hayes (abt1820-1879) in early 1867 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

He married Annie Cottrell (b abt1857) in the spring of 1879 in the West Derby Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Henrietta (1880-1941) – married Thomas Arthur Stacey, a silver finisher (1901), in 1899

Henry died on 15 March 1886 at Chester, Cheshire.


  • 1828 Isle of Man
  • 1829 Huddersfield
  • 1830 Chester
  • 1831 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Thanks for the steer regarding Henry. I have today updated the page with my findings about his family.

    By Geoff Dickinson (08/07/2019)
  • I have been working on the Brining family for several years primarily focusing on William Brining, born in 1820, my GG Grandfather. He was for the first several years of his life a PM minister and I have quite a bit of information on him thanks to you all and the library at the University of Manchester. William’s father William Brining, Senior, and his brother John Brining were PM ministers throughout their careers and I have found several writings about or by the two of them. My latest work is focused on Henry Brining or H. Brining. There appears to be two of them who were both active in the PM church in two different time frames. The first one (unless they end up being one and the same) was likely another brother to William and John, born in Penwortham around 1811. He is shown as being assigned first to the Isle of Man and then is moved to Cheshire.
    I believe I have located him thereafter in the Census reports, where he appears to have married and become a tea merchant in Chester. In your site you request information on him and I can provide the details of his family, etc. if wanted. The other H. Brining (unless he is the same person) appears in the PM magazine with several very long writings in 1872 and again in 1873. He is shown not as Reverend but as Mr. H. Brining. I cannot seem to track down where he is from, his affiliation with the PM church or his relationship with the family, though I would be surprised if he were not part of the same group.

    By Steve Gaw (08/07/2019)

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