Bates, Samuel (1867-1943)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

Samuel was born on 20 June 1867 at Elland, Yorkshire, to parents Sidney and Mary Ann. Sidney was a miner. Samuel (Sam) was baptised on 28 May 1871 at Elland.

Samuel made his public profession of faith at the age of eighteen. He threw himself into Sunday school work and soon became a local preacher. He was recommended for ministry by the Sowerby Bridge and Greetland circuit.


Samuel served for five years as District C.E. Secretary and also served as District Missionary Committee Secretary.

Samuel’s obituary records that he was a forceful and effective preacher, eager to win verdicts for his Lord, and an ever welcome and helpful visitor in the homes of our people.

In superannuation, Samuel continued ceaseless in service and did much valued work in the Sheffield North circuit.


Samuel married Elizabeth Heppenstall (1866-1940) in the summer of 1896 at Barnsley, Yorkshire. Elizabeth was a sister of Rev Richard Heppenstall. Census returns identify two children.

  • Ruby Erica (1897-1959) – married Frank Turner in 1923
  • Sidney Heppenstall (1900-1993) – a bank accountant (1943)

Samuel died on 1 August 1943 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1892 Barnsley II
  • 1895 Selby
  • 1896 Rochdale
  • 1899 Glossop
  • 1903 Scarborough II
  • 1907 Dewsbury
  • 1911 Doncaster I
  • 1914 Staveley
  • 1918 Sheffield VII
  • 1923 Leeds I
  • 1927 Scarborough II
  • 1930 Retford
  • 1933 Sheffield VII (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/855

Methodist Minutes 1944/119

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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