Anthony was converted through the Wesleyan tradition and served as a Wesleyan local preacher. He was called in 1836 to become a Primitive Methodist travelling preacher by the Darlington Circuit. The Connectional Committee treated his call as an extraordinary appointment.
The obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William Dent, a cousin, records his ministry in depth. A transcription of the obituary is attached below.
Within the obituary the following comment from W Lister is found.
“Ever since I became acquainted with him, I have found him to be an honest, upright man; a sincere, devoted Christian, living in a sense of the presence of God; and a zealous, useful minister, deservedly respected by those who were acquainted with him.”
Dent adds; “ He was not remarkable for strength of understandings liveliness of fancy, or extensive mental acquisitions, but he had strong common sense, aided by a plain education.”
Anthony was born on 28 November 1805 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, to parents Anthony Dent and Sarah Heatherington. He was baptised on 15 December 1805 at Stanhope.
He married Mary Wilson (1809-1869) in the summer of 1838 in Teesdale, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.
- Elizabeth (b1839)
- Sarah Jane (abt1842 – 1874) – a grocer (1871)
Anthony died in 1847 at Westgate, Co. Durham.
After Anthony died, Mary worked as grocer in Sunderland, Co. Durham.
- 1837 Ripon
- 1840 Sunderland
- 1841 Carlisle
- 1844 Durham
- 1846 Westgate
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1847/513
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers