Harry, Samuel (b1862)
Samuel was born in 1862 at St Austell, Cornwall to parents Thomas and Mary Ann. Thomas was a tin miner and local preacher.
Before entering the ministry, Samuel worked as a printer.
There are no biographical sketches of Samuel in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.
Samuel appears to have emigrated to Canada circa 1915. There is a record of Samuel crossing from USA into Canada in 1916, which gives his occupation as clergyman. This implies that Samuel continued to work as a minister in Canada.
Samuel married Sarah Ida Bleathman (b1868) in the summer of 1890 at Chertsey, Surrey. Census returns identify two children.
- Percy William (1891-1969) – an engineer
- Gilbert (1893-1931) – emigrated to Australia circa 1914; awarded MC in WW1; a dairy farmer in Australia
Both the 1901 and 1911 census returns suggest that Samuel and his wife were living apart. The 1911 return for Sarah Ida (known as Ida) describes her as a widow and a general nurse. There are four additional children born between 1902 and 1906, which were probably not Samuel’s.
- 1886 Docking
- 1888 Aylsham
- 1889 Thetford
- 1890 Swaffham
- 1892 Guernsey
- 1895 Sturminster
- 1897 Frome
- 1899 Pilowell
- 1905 Port Talbot
- 1907 Nelson, Glamorgan
- 1910 Kidderminster
- 1911 Penrith
- 1913 Sudbury
- 1915 ceased
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891/307 (Thomas)
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers