Broadway, Nehemiah (1816-1876)
Nehemiah was born on 5 July 1816 at Motcombe, Dorset to parents William and Ann, who attended the established church. He was baptised on 11 August 1816 at Motcombe. William’s occupation is recorded as a clerk. Nehemiah was converted in 1836 when William Paddison was superintendent of the Motcombe circuit.
Petty records the significant progress made on the Canterbury Mission in 1850/52, where membership increased from 128 to 215.
When looking at Nehemiah’s stations, at first view he doesn’t appear to have stayed for very long in each place. However, his obituary reveals that when labouring under the direction of the General Missionary Committee, he was looked upon as being pre-eminently suited to heal a wounded cause, or make up a connexional breach.
Nehemiah married Ann Frances Mitchell (1818-1885) in 1846 at Falmouth, Cornwall. Census returns identify four children.
- William John (1846-1904) – a joiner and later builder’s clerk
- Ann Frances (1848-1907) – a drapers assistant
- Helen Jessica (1853-1935) – married William Farrow, a baker and grocer
- Laura Elizabeth (b1856) – a music teacher; married Alfred Ernest Fielder, a fish buyer
Nehemiah died on suddenly on 3 September 1876 at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. He was awaiting a train to take him home from a camp meeting held at Crosswelydd.
- 1839 Pillowell & Hereford
- 1840 St Ives
- 1841 Redruth
- 1843 Windsor
- 1844 Petersfield
- 1846 London
- 1847 St Albans
- 1849 Canterbury
- 1852 Buckden
- 1854 Hammersmith
- 1856 Deal & Dover
- 1857 Brighton
- 1859 Exmouth
- 1860 Tredegar
- 1863 Falmouth
- 1865 Liskeard
- 1867 Newport
- 1869 Torquay & Teignmouth
- 1871 Plymouth
- 1872 Yoevil
- 1875 Abergavenny
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867/1 (portrait); 1877/553
PM Minutes 1877/8
J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p518
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers