Paston, Frederick Broughton (1843-1907)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1897
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

Frederick was born on 19 December 1843 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk to parents Robert and Sarah Ann. The 1861 census describes Robert as a sawyer and PM local preacher.

Frederick was a 3rd generation Primitive Methodist. He was converted in 1856 during a series of united revival services conducted at the Brunswick Chapel by Rev William Booth (later General William Booth of the Salvation Army).

Frederick was soon on the plan, initially as a prayer leader. He was also an active and useful Sunday school teacher.


Frederick was known as a particularly effective preacher, especially out of doors.

Frederick was a member of the Peace Society. The 1897 biography records that he had a weakness for joining each and sundry of the various societies that had for their object the amelioration of man’s condition on earth and the glory of God.

Whilst at Wells and Bungay, Frederick served on School Boards. He was also elected to the first Parish Council at Docking in 1894.


Frederick married Elizabeth Reed (1843-1868) in the summer of 1866 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Census returns identify one child.

  • Charles Frederick (1867-1940) – a joiner

Frederick married Abigail de Redder Eaglen (1848-1934) in early 1870 at Walsingham, Norfolk. Abigail was the daughter of Rev Robert Eaglen. Census returns identify four children.

  • Egbert Eaglen (1871-1941) – a carpenter and joiner
  • Sabina Abigail (1875-1965) – married Frederick Robert Sheldrake, a grocer
  • Mary Evangeline (1881-1970) – married Walter Nash, a motor engineer (1911)
  • David Sheen (1887-1960) – a seaman

Frederick died on 8 April 1907 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


  • 1862 Docking
  • 1864 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1865 Cambridge
  • 1866 Ipswich
  • 1868 Swaffham
  • 1870 Lynn
  • 1872 E Dereham
  • 1877 Hadleigh
  • 1879 Aylsham
  • 1881 Wisbech
  • 1884 Ely
  • 1886 Fakenham
  • 1888 Cambridge I
  • 1889 Bungay
  • 1892 Dover & Deal
  • 1894 Docking
  • 1895 Stowmarket
  • 1900 Hay
  • 1901 Kingstone
  • 1903 Yarmouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869/629 (Elizabeth); 1897/643; 1908/319

PM Minutes 1907/33

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

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