Paul was brought up within the Primitive Methodist tradition. He became a Sunday School teacher and assistant class leader.
He then became a useful local preacher and was approached to become a travelling preacher. At first he was reluctant, feeling himself unworthy of the task, but eventually took up the challenge.
A transcription of his obituary by Samuel Antliff is attached, however the following extract gives a picture of his ministry.
“ His ordinary ministry was confined within the limits of his native district, and lasted about twenty-four years. His preaching was not rhetorical or philosophical, but evangelical and useful. His sermons were plain, earnest discourses, evidently designed to make his hearers wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. His pastoral visits were distinguished by discretion and attention to the spiritual interests of his flock. In his duties as a superintendent he was prudent, punctual, and painstaking. His character was unimpeachable, and like ‘the shining light which shineth more and more unto perfect day.’ ”
Paul was born in 1820 at Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, to parents Henry and Mary. He was baptised on 12 November 1820 at St Helen, Stapleford.
He married Hannah Husbands (1819-1897) on 7 July 1857 at St Michael & All Angels, Bramcote, Nottinghamshire.
Paul died on 19 October 1881 at Derby, Derbyshire.
- 1851 Derby
- 1852 Grantham
- 1854 Ilkeston
- 1857 Lincoln
- 1859 Spalding & Holbeach
- 1861 Newark
- 1863 Winster
- 1865 Wirksworth
- 1867 Hinckley
- 1870 Nottingham II
- 1871 Eakring
- 1873 Bottesford
- 1875 Derby II (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1882/625
PM Minutes 1882/10
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers