Sheen, Danzy (1844-1926)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1898
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Early years

Danzy was born on 9 August 1844 at Clyro, Radnorshire to parents Dantsey Sheen and Fortune Gwillim. Dantesey was a farmer; he died in 1850. Both parents were Congregationalists.

Danzy was converted aged 13. Before he was 16, his name was on the circuit plan. He found that preparing sermons for the good of others was an education to himself.

Circa 1860, Danzy moved to London and for two years, studied under Rev T B Barker of Barnsbury Park Academy. He then attended Mr Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College before entering the Primitive Methodist Ministry.


His style of preaching was expository, and as he knew the Bible well, he often led his flock into unfrequented paths were good nourishment was to be found.

Danzy was General Secretary of the Sunday School Union from 1897-1902.

After superannuation, Danzy retired to Ashby-de-la-Zouch. There, he served as Secretary of the local Free Church Council, of the Christian Endeavour Union and the Band of Hope Union.


Danzy wrote the following.

C H Spurgeon: his conversion, career and coronation , 1892



Danzy married  Mary Elizabeth Eaglen (1846-1928) in early 1868 at Cambridge. Mary was the daughter of Robert Eaglen, who was credited with converting C H Spurgeon. Census returns identify six of twelve children.

  • Danzy de Redder (1869-1945) – a Congregational Minister
  • Frederick Livingstone (1870-1943) – a draper; later a commercial traveller
  • Edith Eaglen (b1876) – married Joseph Henry Shepherd, a pharmacist and chemist
  • Stanley (1877-1957) – a heating engineer (1911)
  • Sidney Albert (b1879) – emigrated to New Zealand
  • Agnes Christmasina (b abt1881) – married Benjamin Jessop

Danzy died on 1 February 1926 at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.


  • 1863 London II
  • 1865 London IV
  • 1868 Canterbury
  • 1870 London II
  • 1871 London V
  • 1874 Hull IV
  • 1878 Leeds III
  • 1881 Manchester III
  • 1885 Sunderland II
  • 1888 Scarborough
  • 1891 Middleton
  • 1893 Manchester IV
  • 1895 Sheffield V
  • 1897 Gen Sec of SS
  • 1902 Church Gresley
  • 1906 Bloxwich
  • 1909 Oxford
  • 1912 Leicester
  • 1915 Leicester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1898/643; 1926/877; 1929/182 (Elizabeth)

PM Minutes 1926/283

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p530

R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p230

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • Leicester Record Office:

    Ref. M11252 (M1252): Article related to Rev. Danzy Sheen of Leicester, Primitive Methodist Preacher, date: 21st Feb., 1914.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (08/03/2018)

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