Heys, Henry (1803-1887)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1854
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early years

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

Comments about this page

  • The Faringdon Circuit Stewards Accounts dated 1837 – 1842 has on the first page a List of Subscriptions to the Missionary Case to which M H Heys contributes 0.5.0 [five shillings]. Then with the collections from each meeting it shows payments out, including the wage paid to Mr Henry Heys  as Salary 4.10 – and expenses. On the page of June 24th 1839 it shows rent being paid by Mr Hays up to 22nd June 1839 and the balance due to Preachers this Quarter. He does not appear in the following volume F1/2 or the following volumes. Source: Ref NM2/D/F1/1, Oxfordshire History Centre, Oxford OX4 2HT

    By Steven Carter (08/06/2014)
  • Late in 1835 Henry Heyes was based at Faringdon. From here he reached out to the surrounding villages, including Watchfield near Shrivenham, where his ministry by 1836 had touched the life, troubled the soul and converted my ancestor Thomas Carter (1789-1861). See PM Mag 1862 Carter Obituary.

    By Steven Carter (17/07/2013)

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