Heys, Henry (1803-1887)
Henry was born on 2 February 1803 at Bolton, Lancashire to parents William and Peggy. He was baptised on 10 April 1803 at Cockey Moor Presbyterian Chapel, Ainsworth, Lancashire. Henry was converted in 1826 and initially devoted himself to Sunday School teaching. He soon became a local preacher.
Kendall comments that Henry that he did good work in the pioneer days.
His obituary records that he was ‘greatly revered for the sterling character of his religious profession.’
Henry married Harriett (1814-1899). Census returns identify six children.
- Matthew Henry (1838-1918) – a schoolmaster
- William Edwin (1841-1924) – a chemical engineer
- Alfred John (1844-1929 – a buyer wholesale drapery (1911). Known as John.
- Elizabeth Margaret (b1846)
- Samuel Joseph (1848-1924) – an estate agent
- Rowland George (1850-1920) – a schoolmaster. Was head at Elmfield College and married a daughter of John Petty.
Henry died in November 1887 at Sale, Cheshire.
- 1839 St Austell
- 1842 Cheltenham
- 1843 Cirencester
- 1845 Brinkworth
- 1846 Camden
- 1847 Motcombe
- 1849 Witney
- 1853 Newbury
- 1855 Farringdon
- 1858 Andover
- 1860 Malmesbury
- 1862 Rugby
- 1865 Chipping Norton
- 1869 Manchester lll (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1854/705 (portrait)
PM Minutes 1888/13
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p524
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers