Stubbings, Samuel (1838-1912)
Samuel was born in 1838 at Bothamsall, Nottinghamshire. He was left an orphan at a very young age.
Samuel was converted aged 18 under a sermon by T Hind, a local preacher in the Retford circuit. He began to study as he could around his work in the fields. In 1862, Samuel became a hired local preacher in the Sheffield circuit.
Samuel was not a ‘connexional man’; all his energies were directed to circuit.
Samuel had a capacity for ‘making local preachers’ to a remarkable degree. His circuit plans always had a good list of preachers ‘on trial’.
Samuel was full of dry humour, and those who knew him were familiar with the merry twinkle of his eye while he told a good story, which he would do with singular effect.
His obituary records that his sermons were mostly theological and evangelical. They were crammed with subtle thought. It was necessary for his hearers to think hard, and follow him closely, in order to obtain all he was able to give. The one outstanding note of his message was certitude; he preached because he believed.
Samuel married Mary Hind (1833-1870) in 1866 at East Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Samuel married Jane Rievley (1848-1930) in the summer of 1873 at York. Census returns identify nine children.
- John Edward (b1874)
- Eva May (b1875)
- Ada Laura (1877-1901)
- Bertha (1878-1957) – married Abraham Boyes, a cotton piece bleacher
- Herbert (1880-1947) – a draper’s assistant (1901)
- Samuel Arthur (1881-1891)
- Walter (1884-1955) – a maker of press tools (1911)
- Mona (1888-1964) – a draper’s saleswoman (1911)
- Amelia (1890-1917) – a dressmaker’s assistant (1911)
Samuel died on 21 December 1912 at Alcester, Warwickshire.
- 1862 Halifax
- 1863 Pickering
- 1865 Keighley
- 1867 Otley
- 1869 Thirsk
- 1871 York
- 1873 Ripon
- 1876 Thirsk
- 1878 Middleham
- 1880 Pocklington
- 1883 Barton on Humber
- 1886 Castletown
- 1889 Buckley
- 1891 Newark
- 1894 Pocklington
- 1897 Redditch
- 1899 Braintree
- 1901 St Ives
- 1902 Saffron Walden
- 1904 Stowmarket
- 1906 Hay
- 1907 Leeds (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871/558 (Mary); 1897/803; 1913/322
PM Minutes 1913/44
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers