Brock, Samuel (1839-1900)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888

Early years

Samuel was born on 16 March 1839 at Barton, Oxfordshire, to parents William Brock and Susannah Pittman. Samuel’s father died when he was very young. The 1851 census shows Susannah as a pauper and Samuel working  as an agricultural labourer.

Samuel was converted aged 16, joined the Primitive Methodist Church and sought to be useful.


Samuel’s obituary records that Samuel was a genuine Christian, an able and earnest minister, a diligent pastor, a faithful friend, a devoted husband, an affectionate father and an enthusiastic evangelist.

Samuel’s son, Fred, writes: ‘In our home there was always an atmosphere of religion. Before we went to school in our younger days there was always a chapter read and a prayer for the day. No father ever desired more that his children should grow up to be Christians and Primitive Methodists. His letters in later life were always replete with good counsel and advice.’


Samuel married Mary Catherine (1836-1888) whilst in Ireland. Census returns identify five children.

  • Susan E (b1864)
  • Wilhelmina Ellen (1867-1935) – a schoolteacher; married John George Nicholls, a coal merchant
  • Samuel Harvey Harris (1868-1917) – a superintendent of an assurance company (1901) and later a steel sawyer (1911)
  • Frederick Herbert (1870-1934) – a newspaper editor
  • William (b1872)

Samuel married Emma Williams Goad I184501891) in 1889 at Ripon.

Samuel married Henrietta Oxley, nee Bennett (1849-1932) at Rotherham in the summer of 1895.

Samuel died on 23 April 1900 at Rotherham, Yorkshire.


  • 1859 Croydon
  • 1860 Belfast
  • 1862 Portadown
  • 1863 Wishaw
  • 1866 Torquay & Teignmouth
  • 1867 Falmouth & Truro
  • 1871 Exmouth
  • 1872 Plymouth
  • 1876 Merthr Tydfil
  • 1879 Newtown
  • 1883 Silverdale
  • 1884 Rotherham
  • 1887 Leicester l
  • 1889 Ripon
  • 1891 Doncaster ll
  • 1895 Kiveton Park


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1900/10

PM World 1900/338

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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