West, Samuel (1805-1867)

Primitive Methodist Magazine | Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.29a
Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.29a

Samuel was born at Motcombe, Dorset on 22 August 1805 to parents Samuel West and Patience Broadway. He was baptised on 22 September 1805..


Samuel West went with Samuel Turner to mission Bristol in the summer of 1833. Their work developed a foothold in Bristol.

Petty relates that 1843, Samuel had to brave a dangerous crowd at Bicester. Having been beaten and pelted with eggs and stones, he needed to be rescued by a ‘humane gentleman’.


Samuel married Elizabeth Wheeldon (1796-1840) in 1835. Elizabeth had been an itinerant preacher in her maiden name, Hunt, until she married Richard Wheeldon in 1822. Following his death in 1826, she again ‘travelled’ as Mrs Wheeldon. After marrying Samuel they worked together as a team.

His second marriage was to Hannah Ride (1816-1905), the daughter of John Ride, on 18 May 1842 at Reading. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Mary Ann (1842-1912) – married John Williamson, a draper
  • John (1844-1905) – a shoe maker
  • Samuel (b1846)
  • Cornelius (1849-1884) – a commercial clerk
  • Urbane (1852-1933) – a shoe maker
  • Elizabeth (b1855)
  • Jabez (1857-1934) – a boot trade clicker (cuts the uppers for shoes)
  • Emma (1860-1932) – a nurse

Samuel died on 20 March 1867 at Clifton.


  • 1827 Ramsor
  • 1829 Birmingham
  • 1831 Brinkworth
  • 1835 Frome
  • 1838 Wallingford
  • 1844 Reading
  • 1846 Andover
  • 1850 Oxford
  • 1854 Aylesbury
  • 1857 Andover
  • 1858 Brinkworth
  • 1861 Brinkworth (S)
  • 1865 Bristol


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1852/65; 1867/285; 1906/579 (Hannah)

PM Minutes 1867/16

PM World 1900/471

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p317/328, p445

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, vol 2, p348

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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