Smallman, Charles (1822-1908)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

Charles was born on 2 Jan 1822 at Shifnal, Shropshire to parents James and Theodosia. He was baptised on 11 January 1822 at Ryton by Shifnall.

When he was 13, Primitive Methodists of the Wrockwardinewood Circuit started to hold services in a cottage near his home. Charles attended. The first PM preacher he heard was George Peake, the great uncle of Dr A S Peake. Charles became a local preacher when aged 17.


All of his ministry was carried out in the area of the old Tunstall District. Charles was superintendent at Congleton at the time of the Primitive Methodist Jubilee and had much to do with organising the Jubilee Camp meeting at Mow Cop.

Charles was Secretary of Conference in 1869.

His obituary records that as a preacher he was intensely practical. Well read, abreast of his times on public questions, observant of human life, and naturally methodical, his discourses usually made their mark. As a young man he was especially gifted at Camp Meeting work.


Charles married Ann Taylor (1822-1872) of Dilwyn, Herefordshire in 1850. Census returns identify four children.

  • Ann Elizabeth (1851-1920) – married Joel Smith JP, a merchant
  • Charles Lamartine (1854-1900) – a grocer and baker
  • Mary Theodosia (b1858) – a spinster in 1908
  • James Lincoln (b1864) – emigrated to Australia in 1889; worked as a shop-keeper/draper 1903-1913

Charles married Ann Margaret Taylor (1829-1891) in 1875 in the Machynlleth Registration District.

Charles died on 8 March 1908.


  • 1841 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1842 Wellington
  • 1843 Cwm
  • 1844 Oswestry
  • 1846 Kidderminster
  • 1848 Ramsor
  • 1849 Bromyard
  • 1851 Weobly
  • 1852 Presteign
  • 1854 Cwm
  • 1856 Congleton
  • 1858 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1861 Ludlow
  • 1865 Nantwich
  • 1867 Darlaston
  • 1870 Lichfield
  • 1873 W Bromwich
  • 1877 Bishops Castle
  • 1879 Ludlow (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868 (portrait); 1908/569

PM Minutes 1908/29

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

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for sharing this information. We are possibly descendants of Joel and Ann, we are located in Australia. Joel appears in the Worcestershire Leaders Social and Political Book as well as the Kelly’s Handbook of 1905 and 1912. I’d be interested to learn of any other family of Charles Smallman

    By Kellie (07/07/2020)

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