Stansfield, Benjamin (1827-1891)
Benjamin was born on 13 Jun 1827 at Rawdon, Yorkshire to parents Joshua and Elizabeth. Joshua was a clothier. Joshua had attended the ministry of the Moravians in his youth and later the Wesleyans. Joshua joined the Primitive Methodists when Rawdon was missioned from Leeds.
Benjamin was the youngest of eleven children. He was converted when aged 17 and pledged as a teetotaller at the same age.
Benjamin is described, by a colleague in his obituary, as a kind, tenderhearted, sympathetic, unselfish, gentle, Christ-like man. He was a great advocate for family worship.
Benjamin married Ellen Meallin, nee Farr (1826-1880) in September 1858 at Scotter, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify four children.
- George Farr (1859-1936) – a joiner
- Ann (b abt1862)
- Clara (b1863)
- Mabel (1866-1952) – married William Arthur Brooke, a fancy draper
Benjamin married Mary Ann Marriott (1837-1901) in the spring of 1882 at Thorne, Yorkshire.
Benjamin died on 6 April 1891 at Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire.
- 1854 Doncaster
- 1855 Howden & Selby
- 1857 Scotter
- 1859 Scarborough
- 1860 Barton on Humber
- 1862 Hull l
- 1864 Epworth
- 1867 Pocklington
- 1869 Driffield
- 1870 Tetney
- 1874 Gainsborough
- 1877 Tadcaster
- 1880 Doncaster ll
- 1883 Winterton
- 1886 Tamworth
- 1890 Pateley Bridge
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881/684 (Ellen); 1883 (portrait); 1892/306
PM Minutes 1891/6
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers