Dean, Samuel (1823-1863)


Samuel grew up in a home lacking in religious influence. When he was 15 years of age he started to attend a Sunday School run jointly by Primitive Methodists and Wesleyans. Shortly after this, a new Anglican church was built in his village and the new clergyman took over the Sunday school and Samuel came under his influence.

He was converted through Wesleyan influence in October 1842 and joined the Wesleyan society. Due to some unpleasant circumstance he joined the Primitive Methodists in 1846 and was soon appointed class leader and local preacher. He was pledged by the London I circuit in 1850. 

Samuel says in his journal, “When I commenced to preach, my object was purely the glory of God in the conversion of souls.” 

A full transcription of his obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by D. Ingham is attached. Ingham comments; “ Mr. Dean was very outspoken, perhaps needlessly so sometimes, giving offence when a little more prudence might have prevented it; but he was an upright, candid Christian, detesting anything mean and cowardly, and the better he was known the more he was respected. 


Samuel was born on 4 October 1823 at Kidsgrove, Staffordshire.

He married Phoebe Gowers (b1828) in late 1854 in West London. Phoebe went to live with her sister in Hull, Yorkshire, after Samuel’s death. She died after the 1891 census.

Samuel died on 31 October 1863 at Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire.


  • 1850 Doncaster
  • 1853 Gainsborough
  • 1854 Louth
  • 1856 Epworth
  • 1857 Hull I
  • 1859 Scotter
  • 1861 Bridlington
  • 1863 Barton on Humber


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864/169

PM Minutes 1864/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

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