Brownsword, Ann (b abt1797)


Ann was born to parents George and Elizabeth. Her father was a small farmer and innkeeper who kept a public house at Gorsty Hill, half a mile from Englesea Brook. The parents, described as respectable and moral, attended Englesea Brook chapel when it opened. Around 1818 there was a revival at Englesea Brook and Ann, her sister, Sarah, and brother, Thomas – ‘the boy preacher’- were converted. 

Ann was one of earliest of the female itinerants. Hugh Bourne makes a number of references to her usefulness as a missionary. Most her work was done before the Stations were commenced. Two brothers, John and Thomas, were also among the early travelling preachers.

She married Charles John Abraham of Burslem, a druggist, on 5th June 1821 at St. John, Burslem, and reverted to local preacher status. Records identify four children.

  • Hannah (b1822)
  • Emma (1824-1834)
  • William (1825-1899) – a railway engine driver (1871)
  • Charles (1827-1861) – a nurseryman (1851)


  • 1821 Tunstall


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1819/233; 1819/236; 1819/255; 1821/19

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p101 & 111

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p517; vol 2, p17

E Dorthy Graham, Primitive Methodist Women

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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