West, Elizabeth (nee Wheeldon, nee Hunt) (1795-1840)


Attached is a transcription giving an account of work in the Darlastion Circuit in 1830 published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.

As a woman travelling preacher, Elizabeth suffered much hostility and persecution, along with her male colleagues. Dorthy Graham records her being hit in the eye with a stone and having a “ham rick” pushed on top of her while missioning in Dorchester. 

After her marriage to Samuel West she continued to work alongside him, although not listed on the stations. Their circuits certainly got ‘two for the price of one!’


Elizabeth was baptised on 1 November 1795 at St Peter, Belper, Derbyshire. Her parents were James and Grace.

She married Richard Wheeldon on 18 June 1822 at Duffield, Derbyshire. Following his death in 1826, she again ‘travelled’ as Mrs Wheeldon. I have attached a transcription of Richard’s obituary below.

She married Samuel West (1805-1867), a PM minister, on 21 October 1834 in the Bedminster Registration District, Somerset.

Elizabeth died in late 1840 at Wallingford, Berkshire.


  • 1822 Darlaston
  • ceased during first marriage
  • 1831 Darlaston (6 mths)
  • 1831 Wrockwardinewood (6 mths)
  • 1832 Shefford
  • 1834 disappears


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1827/82;1830/361

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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