Smith, Charles (1815-1895)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early years

Charles was born on 25 April 1815 at Upton cum Kexby, Lincolnshire, to parents Charles and Charlotte. He was baptised at Upton cum Kexby on 7 May 1815. As a child, he moved to Willoughton, near Scotter. His father was a blacksmith and Charles learned the same trade. Charles was converted in 1832, aged 17, and immediately started to seek development of his mental culture and scriptural learning. After a few months he became a local preacher.


Charles was Secretary of the General Committee from 1874 to 1879.

In retirement, Charles was Secretary to the Connexional Fire Insurance Co. until 1894.

His obituary records that he was always ready for a merry and innocent laugh, and loved dearly to hear and rehearse a humorous story. Though he regarded himself for many years as only a ‘plain preacher’, yet his preaching was always acceptable, and eminently profitable to those who desired ‘ the sincere milk’ and the ‘strong meat’ of the Divine word.


Charles married Sarah Shepherd (1816-1892) in 1841 at Caister. Records indentify four children.

  • Sarah Ann Charlotte (b1848)
  • Eliza Jane (b1853)
  • Charles Albert (b1855) – a chemist
  • Mary Louisa (1858-1861)

He married Catherine Hesp in 1893 at York.

Charles died on 21 March 1895 at York, Yorkshire.


  • 1836 Malton
  • 1837 Grimsby
  • 1839 Louth
  • 1840 Scotter
  • 1842 Doncaster
  • 1843 Bradford
  • 1845 Halifax
  • 1847 Keighley
  • 1849 Malton
  • 1851 Dewsbury
  • 1853 Leeds l
  • 1855 Silsden
  • 1857 Pickering
  • 1860 York
  • 1863 Barnsley
  • 1866 Bradford
  • 1869 Leeds ll
  • 1872 Dewsbury
  • 1874 London
  • 1879 Dewsbury
  • 1880 York (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1862 (portrait); 1895/704

PM Minutes 1895/6

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p404 (portrait)

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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