Samuel was born in 1802 at Great Witchingham, Norfolk, to parents John and Ann. He was baptised on 12 August 1802 at Great Witchingham.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Samuel.
- 1841 no occupation identified
- 1851 PM preacher
- 1861 grocer and local methodist preacher
- 1871 furniture brooker
He married Martha Springall (1802-1867) on 12 June 1839 at Swaffham, Norfolk.
He married Charlotte Wade, nee Rivett(1812-1898) in late 1867 at Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Samuel died in November 1897 at Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was buried on 1 December 1879 at Yarmouth.
- 1835 Rockland
- 1838 Hadleigh
- 1839 Upwell
- 1841 Lynn
- 1842 Brandon
- 1843 N Walsham
- 1844 Hadleigh
- 1845 Docking
- 1847 Yarmouth
- 1849 Brandon
- 1851 Diss
- 1853 Peterborough
- 1855 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Leary incorrectly spells the surname Shorter.
I suspect the occupation on the 1871 census return is incorrectly spelt and should be furniture broker.