Watkins, Ruth (b abt1802)



A transcription of journal extracts from 1826 is attached. This covers a period when Ruth was in the Frome Branch of the Tunstall Circuit.

In June 1829 Ruth, along with W. Knowles, W Summersides and T Morris, left to embark upon a mission to America. Both Hugh and James Bourne accompanied them to Liverpool to see them off. A letter dated 10 August 1929 describes the departure, voyage and early days in New York. A transcription is attached.

The 1830 and 1831 Magazine provide further details of the North America Mission. Transcripts of these articles are attached.


The record of Ruth’s arrival in New York in 1829 suggests she was born abt1802. I have not been able to identify any further information in online records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Her brother, Nathaniel, was also a PM minister.


  • 1825 Tunstall
  • 1830 New York
  • 1831 Canada
  • 1832 disappears


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1827/286; 1827/317; 1829/381; 1830/122; 1830/237; 1831/96

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p168

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p436

E. Dorothy Graham, Chosen by God – A list if the Female Travelling Preachers of Early Primitive Methodism

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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