Wheeler, Henry (1815-1889)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864

Henry was born on 23 January 1815 at Hampstead, Middlesex.

Ministry

Henry’s obituary records; ‘He was naturally a peaceable, sensitive man, and of a retiring disposition; but not withstanding this he possessed more than ordinary abilities, but did not care to appear prominent in official positions.’

C T Harris writes; ‘His pulpit and platform efforts showed signs of careful preparation. He never gave the people what cost him little.’

Family

Henry’s obituary indicates that Henry’s first wife was buried in Dudley, Staffordshire in abt 1846. It is possible that she was a Mary.

Henry married Matilda Lea (1827-1907) on 25 December 1846 at Preston, Lancashire.  Census returns identify three children.

  • Jane Eleanor (b1847) – married John George, a station master. When widowed became a confectioner, ladies companion and housekeeper.
  • William Henry (b1851) – a printer and stationer/ commercial traveller
  • Elizabeth (1855-1913) – married Alfred Thomas Perry, a book-keeper

Henry died on 9 November 1889 in the Dudley Registration District.

Circuits

  • 1837 Birmingham
  • 1839 Birmingham W
  • 1840 Sandbach
  • 1842 Lisburn
  • 1843 Burland
  • 1845 Dudley
  • 1847 Ramsor
  • 1849 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1851 Stafford
  • 1853 Darlaston
  • 1854 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1856 Ludlow
  • 1857 Burland
  • 1859 Oswestry
  • 1862 Macclesfield
  • 1864 St Day
  • 1867 St Ives
  • 1869 Pontypool
  • 1871 St Day (sup)
  • 1882 Bristol
  • 1886 Tamworth

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864 (portrait); 1888/177; 1890/754

PM Minutes 1890/9

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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