Boden, Charles Henry (1825-1905)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1873
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1906

Early years

Charles was born in 1825 at Walsall, Staffordshire to parents William and Ann, who were Wesleyans. He was brought up in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, and educated at Ashby Grammar School. Charles was converted in his teens at Ashby Green chapel.

Prior to becoming itinerant, Charles supplied for 9 months in his own circuit without pay.


At Nottingham Charles was instrumental in the conversion of ‘Jemmy’ Dupe, who became a celebrated open-air preacher in Nottingham Market Place.

In his obituary, Rev James Saxton writes: ‘He moved me when I was a lad far more than any other, and I burned to enter the Kingdom and preach the Gospel.’

He was a born preacher. The pulpit was his throne. He was an artist in words and adept at ‘putting things’ forcefully. He had a fine imagination and a vivid sense of the beautiful and sublime.


Charles married Sarah Evans (1822-1896) on 26 January 1854 at Canaan St Chapel, Nottingham. Census returns identify one child.

  • Anne Jane Evans (1855-1932) – married Gilbert Tucker, a brick and tile manufacturer, and Steward in the Loughborough Circuit

Charles died on 26 March 1905 at Loughborough, Leicestershire.


  • 1845 Ilkeston
  • 1846 Derby
  • 1847 Bridgeford
  • 1849 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1851 Nottingham N
  • 1853 Oxton
  • 1854 Chesterfield
  • 1856 Burton on Trent
  • 1858 Loughborough
  • 1862 Sheffield l
  • 1865 Nottingham l
  • 1867 Leicester l
  • 1871 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1874 Nottingham ll
  • 1877 Nottingham lll
  • 1880 Loughborough
  • 1884 Keighley l
  • 1887 Loughborough (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1873 (portrait); 1906/405

PM Minutes 1905/7

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p470

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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  • This page was modified on 7 June 2018 to add a transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1906.

    By Geoff Dickinson (08/06/2018)

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