Targett, Henry Samuel (1852-1921)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

Henry was born in April 1852 at Dunkerton, Somerset. His father died when he was young and his mother, Hannah, married Joseph Plummer, a coal miner.

Henry began to attend the Coleford PM Sunday School at the age of ten. He accepted Christ when he was thirteen during a revival at Coleford. His name was placed on the plan when he was seventeen in the Frome circuit.

Before entering the ministry, Henry worked as a coal miner.


Henry was an able preacher. His sermons indicated a clear conception of his theme, extensive Biblical and general knowledge, careful preparation, and the loftiest aim. His ministrations were intensely evangelical and he was frequently invited to occupy the pulpits of the sister churches.

Henry served as District Sunday School Committee Secretary and as District Committee Secretary. At Bedwelty, Henry spent three years on Risca School Boards.

Following superannuation, Henry undertook pastoral oversight of Manor Park Church in the Upton park circuit.


Henry married Ann Trethewey (1853-1934) in the summer of 1878 at St Austell, Cornwall. Census returns identify three children.

  • Edgar James (1880-1970) – an optician (1911)
  • Edna Annie Trethewey (1883-1962) – a post office telephonist (1901); married William Potter in 1935
  • Albert Bertrand (1886-1970) a teacher (1911)

Henry died on 15 June 1922 at Ilford, Essex.


  • Sunderland
  • 1874 St Austell
  • 1876 Brynmawr
  • 1877 Kingswood
  • 1884 Tredegar
  • 1888 Aberdare
  • 1889 Penzance
  • 1891 Cross keys
  • 1895 Northwich
  • 1900 Bolton
  • 1903 Runcorn
  • 1906 Chester
  • 1912 Leeds VIII
  • 1916 Wandsworth
  • 1919 Clay Cross
  • 1920 Ilford (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/885; 1923/362

PM Minutes 1922/285

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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