Bennett, Henry (1856-1948)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

Henry was born on 3 July 1856 at Milford, Derbyshire to parents John and Elizabeth. John was a carpenter.

Henry yielded himself to Christ in the little village chapel when he was seventeen years old. Within a year of his conversion, Henry was called to the preachers plan. He provided supply cover in the Newmarket circuit before being called into the ministry and stationed at Wisbech.


Henry filled several district secretarial offices during his ministry. He loved the throb and excitement of the District Meeting, especially the Camp meeting, when he led the procession with stentorian voice, and vigorous action, and waving baton. At the Edinburgh Conference, Henry was appointed percentor (leader of the singing).

His obituary records that Henry was a strong man physically and never spared himself in his work. He was of a bright and cheerful disposition and a great encourager of people.


Henry married Mary Spooner (1856-1935) in the spring of 1884 in the Walsingham Registration District, Norfolk. Census returns identify three children.

  • Lilian Mary (1885-1973) – married Abraham Hill, a PM Minister
  • Sydney Garner (b1888) – working in Egypt in 1914
  • Constance Daisy (b1890)

Henry died on 30 September 1948 at Fakenham, Norfolk.


  • 1878 Wisbech
  • 1880 Colchester
  • 1881 Aylsham
  • 1882 Briston
  • 1884 Thetford
  • 1887 Lowestoft
  • 1889 Wells
  • 1893 Watton
  • 1897 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1901 Cambridge II
  • 1905 Ipswich
  • 1909 Diss
  • 1912 Clacton on Sea
  • 1918 N Walsham
  • 1928 N Walsham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/86

Methodist Minutes 1949/126

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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