Crabtree, Henry (1824-1890)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876

Henry was born in 1824 at Bradford, Yorkshire to parents William Crabtree and Mary Blakey. He was baptised on 18 August 1824 at St Peter, Bradford. The parish record gives William’s occupation as a comber.

Henry was converted through Wesleyans in Bradford but appears to associated himself with Primitive Methodists shortly afterwards in the autumn of 1843.


In his obituary, Charles Smith writes; ‘His piety was unquestionable, and as a preacher he was of average ability, and as a rule he did well in his stations.

His sermons were plain and practical and he had considerable success in winning men to a holier and better life. As a superintendent he was diligent and painstaking and exceedingly conscientious in adhering to Connexional rule and discipline.


Henry married Mary Elizabeth Richardson (1829-1877) at Pocklington, Yorkshire in the spring of 1852. Census returns identify five children.

  • Theophilus Richardson (1853-1901) – a private secretary in 1891
  • Sarah Jane (b1855) – a housekeeper for an uncle in 1881
  • William Henry (b1857)
  • Charles Robert (1859-1925) – an ironmonger
  • John Edwin (1862-1938) – a schoolmaster and later an Anglican clergyman

Henry married Esther Ann Garner (1837-1889) at Sculcoates, Yorkshire in the summer of 1882. Esther was the widow of Jabez Chaplaine Garner.

Henry died on 20 September 1890 at Pontefract, Yorkshire.


  • 1847 York
  • 1848 Malton
  • 1849 Huddersfiled
  • 1851 Pickering
  • 1853 Malton
  • 1854 Keighley
  • 1856 Pontefract
  • 1859 Wakefield
  • 1861 Otley
  • 1864 Burnley
  • 1867 Pontefract
  • 1871 Keighley
  • 1874 Thirsk
  • 1876 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1878 Leeds l
  • 1880 Normanton
  • 1883 Halifax l
  • 1886 Pontefract


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876 (portrait); 1878/184 (Mary); 1891/564; 1892/246 (Esther)

PM Minutes 1891/6

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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