Hall, Samuel John (1883-1968)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

SAMUEL JOHN HALL: born at Blewberry, Berkshire in 1884, was brought up at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, where, as a youth, he served his apprenticeship with a draper in that town. Having later become a ‘Hired Local Preacher’, he offered for the Ministry as a candidate from the Cirencester Circuit and entered Hartley College as a student in 1907. He was eager to learn and was systematic in his studies.

An unassuming, sincere, and genuinely kind and considerate man, he quickly gained the respect and affection of his fellow students. His first appointment after leaving college was in the Walkden Circuit, to which he was to return years later for his retirement. He was sent out as a supply to a minister whose health had broken down. He went on to serve the following circuits, in each of which he fulfilled a devoted and caring ministry: Wangford, Saffron Walden, Cwm, Horncastle, Driffield, Oldham (Hollinwood), New Mills, Bradwell, Pickering, Filey (Ebenezer), and Tipton.

During his period in the Manchester District he did very fine work in connection with the League of Nations movement. In 1949, he retired to Walkden in the Worsley Circuit and there he continued a gracious ministry and influence in the local churches, where he was always most warmly welcomed, and in the community generally he became very well known and widely respected. In later years his health declined but he retained his lively interest in both circuit and Connexional affairs and his reading and study of Holy Scripture. During the summer of 1968 both he and his wife found it necessary to enter a nursing home and it was there that he died on 14 October 1968, in the eighty-fifth year of his age and the fifty-eighth of his ministry.

Family

Samuel was born 11 June 1883 at Blewbury, Berkshire. His father, Mark, was a draper and outfitter (1891).

He married Elsie Emma Hall (1886-1977) in the summer of 1914 in the Bolton Registration District, Lancashire. The 1933 Who’s Who of Methodism records that they had a son and daughter in 1933.

Samuel died on 14 October 1968 at Worsley, Lancashire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1910 Wangford
  • 1912 Saffron Walden
  • 1914 Cwm
  • 1918 Horncastle
  • 1920 Driffield
  • 1925 Oldham III
  • 1929 New Mills
  • 1932 Bradwell
  • 1936 Pickering
  • 1941 Filey, Ebenezer
  • 1945 Tipton Bell St
  • 1949 Walkden (Sup)

References

Methodist Minutes 1969/188

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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