Portnall, Henry (1833-1922)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1895

Early years

Henry was born in 1833 at Cricklade, Wiltshire to parents John and Margaret. John worked the land. Henry was baptised on 31 March 1833 at Cricklade. In 1851, Henry was working the land.

As a young man, Henry moved to the neighbourhood of Winchester and came into contact with William Prior, a local preacher. It was through William’s influence that Henry was converted. Henry was soon on the plan as an exhorter, rejoicing especially in open-air work, in which he excelled.


Henry was a man of simple earnest character, whose piety and devotion were beyond doubt. As a minister, he was whole-hearted and zealous, a sound and successful preacher, who witnessed many conversions, a faithful colleague, a careful and conscientious pastor.


Henry married Annie Eliza Treffry (1838-1885) in the summer of 1866 at Sturminster, Dorset.

Henry married Bessie Rebecca Lawrence (1855-1924) in the spring of 1886 at Liskeard, Cornwall.

Henry died on 14 March 1922 at Salisbury, Wiltshire.


  • 1861 Sturminster
  • 1862 Newbury
  • 1864 Salisbury
  • 1866 Basingstoke
  • 1868 Aylesbury
  • 1870 Brinkworth
  • 1873 Andover
  • 1875 Faringdon
  • 1876 Falmouth
  • 1879 Truro
  • 1883 Torquay
  • 1884 Liskeard
  • 1887 Plymouth
  • 1890 Colnbrook
  • 1891 Whitchurch
  • 1894 Rochdale
  • 1896 Salisbury (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885/371 (wife 1); 1895/323; 1922/803

PM Minutes 1922/280

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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