Leigh, Harvey (1815-1878)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866

Harvey was born on 9 July 1815 at Tunstall to parents Harvey and Sarah. He was baptised on 30 July 1815 at Wolstanton Wesleyan Chapel., Staffordshire.

Ministry

As a minister, he was esteemed by the people. He read somewhat extensively of general literature, religious works still commanding his preference. In preparing for his public duties he seldom did more than set up the mere framework of his discourses. He therefore left ample margin for the ‘Divine impulse’ – the guiding, controlling, inspiring influence of the Holy Ghost.

Harvey was a total abstainer for more than 40 years.

Literature

Harvey authored the following.

” Praying Johnny, ” or, The life and labours of John Oxtoby, Primitive Methodist Minister

Family

Harvey married Mary Bennion (1817-1897) in 1843 at Market Drayton, Shropshire. Census records identify six children.

  • Jane (1844-1903) – a schoolmistress
  • William Bramwell (1846-1870) – a PM Minister
  • John Fletcher (1847-1909) – a schoolmaster
  • Hester Annie (1851-1910) – a schoolmistress
  • Mary (1853-1906) – a schoolmistress
  • Sarah Martha (1856-1933) – a schoolmistress

Harvey died of 6 May 1878 at Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • 1839 Cwm
  • 1841 Prees
  • 1842 Market drayton
  • 1843 Hadnall
  • 1844 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1846 Congleton
  • 1848 Huddersfield
  • 1850 Silsden
  • 1851 Easingwold
  • 1853 Leeds l
  • 1855 Wakefield
  • 1857 Otley
  • 1859 Bradford
  • 1861 Middleham
  • 1862 Helmsley
  • 1864 Keighley
  • 1866 Otley
  • 1868 Thirsk
  • 1869 Wakefield
  • 1871 Horbury
  • 1874 Malton
  • 1877 Barnsley

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866 (portrait); 1879/49; 1900/545 (Mary)

PM Minutes 1878/14

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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