Land, Henry (1864-1934)
Henry was born in 1864 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire to parents John and Martha. John was a lead miner. Henry’s parents were Baptists.
Although brought up in the Baptist Sunday school, his conversion was made at an evangelistic service conducted by Rev George Warner. Henry joined the PM Church and was the youngest of five brothers who met in the same class, four of whom were local preachers, and one a Sunday School superintendent. After a year as a fully accredited local preacher, Henry was recommended for the ministry when twenty years of age.
His greatest ambition was to serve faithfully the circuits to which he was called to minister. His preaching was of high order, and full of intellectual stimulus and spiritual power; his sermons were never ‘dry’ or commonplace, but abounded with choice illustrations and apt literary allusions.
Henry served for five years as Nottingham District Christian Endeavour Secretary.
His obituary records that as an administrator he showed tact, patience, and ability. He took a great interest in public affairs, especially in education, and served as manager of several council schools and as a governor of a Leicestershire County Grammar School.
Henry married Ada Emily West (1868-1954) in the spring of 1890 at Canterbury, Kent. Census returns identify six children.
- Ada Louisa (1892-1982) – married William Harold Perry, a garage proprietor, in 1919
- Elsie Annie (b1894) – married Ernest Johnson in 1916
- Thomas Henry (1896-1981)
- Florence Fanny (1899-1963)
- Gertrude Lilian (1904-1994) – married Thomas W Holroyd in 1936
- Gladys May (1910-1974)
Henry died on 26 September 1934 at Colne, Lancashire.
- 1886 Ipswich
- 1887 Canterbury
- 1890 Gravesend
- 1892 Sheffield I
- 1895 Grays & Romford
- 1896 Haverhill
- 1899 Kimberley
- 1905 Sileby
- 1913 Kimberley
- 1918 Bradwell
- 1926 Wirksworth (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/634
Methodist Minutes 1935/196
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers