Hatherley, Henry (1829-1888)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1884

Early years

Henry was born on 5 November 1829 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. His father was a corporal in the Royal Marines who settled in Sheffield after discharge and died when Henry was four. His mother moved to Leeds, where Henry was brought up.

When Henry was in his teens, his employers sent him to Otley to manage a branch of the business. The 1851 records Henry lodging in Otley, Yorkshire working as a Mach Ruler (in book-binding). It was in Otley that Henry joined the primitive Methodists. He had previously been a Wesleyan class leader. Henry had also been active in the Temperance cause before his conversion in August 1849.


Henry’s health broke down whilst he was at Malton and he had to superannuate in 1875. He recovered sufficiently to become active again in 1878. His health failed again at Oxford and he retired to Norfolk.

His obituary records that he was remarkably successful as an evangelist, especially during the earlier part of his ministry; large numbers of persons being converted to God through his intensely earnest appeals. He felt a particular interest in the young.


Henry married Elizabeth Oldall (1829-1899) in 1860 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Alfred Wesley (1861-1927) – emigrated to Canada and farmed in Alberta.
  • James Meek (1863-1941) – emigrated to Canada
  • Henry Francis (1866-1935) – emigrated to Canada
  • Sidney Oldall (1871-1958) – a physician and surgeon

Henry died on 24 August 1888 at Holt, Norfolk.


  • 1855 Ripon
  • 1857 Wakefield
  • 1859 Huddersfield
  • 1862 York
  • 1864 Middleham
  • 1866 Bingley
  • 1869 Ripon
  • 1871 Clayton West
  • 1874 Malton
  • 1875 Leeds l (Sup)
  • 1877 Leeds lll
  • 1878 Heckmondwike (Ac)
  • 1879 Helmsley
  • 1882 Castletown
  • 1886 Oxford
  • 1888 Briston


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1884 (portrait); 1889/627

PM Minutes 1889/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Susan,

    Thank you for the correction – I have amended the text accordingly.

    By Geoff Dickinson (10/08/2021)
  • I found your article interesting, unfortunately you have misspelt Henry Francis Hatherley’s wife’s surname, although I do realise that some documentation does have this miss spelling, Elizabeth’s last name was Oldall.

    By Susan Ann Pickford (10/08/2021)

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