Brentnall, Isaac (1857-1920)
Isaac was born on 14 February 1857 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire to parents Isaac and Ann. Isaac, senior, was a cotton tape weaver at the time of the 1861 census.
Isaac was converted on 12 November 1871 and started to preach when aged fifteen. Isaac was denied the opportunity of college training, but two years as a hired local preacher in and around Bristol prepared him for fuller ministerial service.
As a preacher, Isaac was distinctly evangelistic, and had the joy of witnessing numerous revivals. In the midst of the Welsh revival, he kept the church open day and night. He was never content to report his circuits as stationary, but always sought to create conditions out of which increases were recorded. Isaac was also an ardent social reformer and temperance leader.
Isaac served as district Temperance and Christian Endeavour Secretary.
Isaac had a repertoire of some thirty lectures on different subjects and sang the gospel as well as preaching it.
Isaac married Claudia Harry (1864-1905) in late 1882 at St Austell, Cornwall. Her brother, Samuel, was a PM Minister from 1886 to 1915. Census returns identify seven children. Claudia’s obituary identifies that a further two sons died in infancy.
- Harry Leopold (1884-1898)
- Claudia Agatha (1885-1957) – married William R Howes
- Francis Isaac (1887-1929) – a grocer’s assistant (1911)
- Albert Thomas (1890-1959) – a boot salesman (1911)
- Daisy Gwendoline (1891-1966) – married Arthur Richard England
- John Holden (1893-1916)
- Ida Victoria M (1897-1981) – married William John King
Isaac married Amy Jane Bungard, nee Hamilton, (1865-1950) in early 1906 in Bermondsey, London. Records identify one child.
- Frederick Harry (1907-1974)
Isaac died on 21 December 1920 at Midsomer Norton, Somerset.
- 1878 St Austell
- 1880 Aberavon
- 1882 Midsomer Norton
- 1885 Aberavon
- 1888 Colnbrook & Uxbridge
- 1889 New Wandsworth
- 1892 Lydney
- 1895 Dudley
- 1898 Derby III
- 1901 Exmouth
- 1903 Aberdare
- 1905 Rotherhythe
- 1907 Kingston on Thames
- 1909 Dawley
- 1912 Northampton
- 1915 Leicester III
- 1917 Midsomer Norton
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1906/409 (Claudia); 1914/294
PM Minutes 1921/249
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers