Brett, Frederick William Ladall (1846-1926)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

Frederick was born in 1846 at Stody, nr Fakenham, Norfolk to parents Samuel Eastaugh Brett and Martha Ann Ladall. His parents were members of the PM Church. Samuel was a baker.

Frederick was converted at the age of fifteen, an event that took place at his mother’s knee one Saturday evening, as she was explaining a portion of the first chapter of St John’s Gospel. Frederick’s name appeared on the plan in 1864 and he laboured with acceptance and success as a local preacher for four years. He then went to St Ives (Hunts) and Wangford as a hired local preacher. He was examined for the itinerant ministry in January 1870 and was sent by the General Committee to Kings Lynn to supply for Rev R Howchin whose health had broken down.


His obituary records that Frederick’s sermons were fresh, forceful and arresting. He lived for his preaching, and the passion for souls was always present with him. Frederick was a staunch advocate of social righteousness, a keen student and a great reader, and his preaching was of a very high order.

He served his districts as Orphanage Secretary and as District Committee Secretary and attended conference on three occasions.


Frederick married Mary Hannah Elizabeth Neave (1854-1919) on 4 July 1877 at Yarmouth, Norfolk. Census returns identify one child.

  • Alice Martha (abt 1881-1932)

Frederick died on 25 December 1926 at Bournemouth, Dorset.


  • 1870 Cambridge
  • 1871 Lowestoft
  • 1873 Farncett
  • 1874 Wymondham
  • 1875 Lynn
  • 1876 Thetford
  • 1877 Yarmouth
  • 1880 Manchester III
  • 1883 Norwich
  • 1886 Chester I
  • 1890 Manchester III
  • 1894 Manchester VII
  • 1897 Oldham I
  • 1903 Bradford VI
  • 1905 Preston III
  • 1907 Selby
  • 1909 Kettering
  • 1911 Manchester VII
  • 1915 Runcorn
  • 1916 Heckmondwyke
  • 1919 Barnsley II
  • 1921 Rochdale
  • 1925 Bournmouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/549; 1920/217; 1927/587

PM Minutes 1927/251

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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