Sanders, Samuel (1817-1892)
Samuel was born in 1817 at Leek, Staffordshire to parents Samuel and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 24 October 1817 at Leek. His mother was a Wesleyan class leader. Samuel was converted under the preaching of Hugh Bourne and Richard Jukes. Soon after conversion he was sent out to preach by Hugh Bourne.
His obituary records; ‘His ministry was characterised by many excellences; his command of language, and the use of striking and forcible expressions, together with his powerful appeals to the conscience, all united to make him a most acceptable and useful minister of the Gospel.’
His presence was commanding, his voice strong and pleasant, and his whole manner such to encourage the weak, confirm the wavering, and win the offending to Christ.
Samuel was the Travelling Preacher at Tunstall when Hugh Bourne died. He buried Hugh, a task he reagrded as one of the sad privileges and memories of his life.
Samuel authored the following.
The sacred office: A charge
Samuel married Phoebe Woodhouse (1819-1905) at Lichfield, Staffordshire in the summer of 1843. Census returns identify three children.
- Betsey Ermina (b1844) – married Alfred Smith, a PM Minister
- Samuel John Woodhouse (1846-1915) – a schoolmaster, head-teacher and Anglican Clergyman
- Erena Mary (1848-1935) -married John Rollason, a clerk
Samuel died on 6 February 1892 at Ludlow, Shropshire.
- 1837 Prees
- 1838 Burland
- 1839 Wrockwardinewood
- 1840 Tunstall
- 1841 Darlaston
- 1842 Lichfield
- 1844 Hadnall
- 1846 Bishops Castle
- 1848 Presteign
- 1849 West Bromwich
- 1850 Macclesfield
- 1852 Tunstall
- 1854 Newcastle under Lyme
- 1856 Shrewsbury
- 1857 Ludlow
- 1864 Dudley
- 1867 Lichfield
- 1870 Lichfield (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864 (portrait); 1893/368
PM Minutes 1892/17
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers