Yeates, Henry (1818-1895)
Henry was born on 19 May 1818 at Monmouth. He spent his early years in an ironmonger’s establishment.
Henry was highly esteemed in the Brinkworth District where he spent his ministerial life.
The PM Chapel at Aspley Guise was registered by Henry in 1849 whilst he was the minister in Newport Pagnell. In the 1851 census of chapels, the Primitive Methodist chapel on Aspley Hill had 70 attending in the morning and 100 in the evening. Seating capacity was 80.
When the Oxford to Birmingham railway line was being built there was heavy work at Horbury with a deep cutting and a tunnel. A large number of men were involved and Henry ministered to them in every way at camp meetings and open-air services and let no opportunity slip to win them to Christ.
One day a navvy had met with an accident. Henry took him into his own home to be nursed by his wife until a proper home could be found for him.
His obituary records; ‘He was especially gifted to stir and edify a congregation. He had a commanding presence, a rich deep voice, robust health, mental alertness and facility of expression, combined to produce a personality of no mean order.
Henry married Elizabeth Jenkyn (1818-1894) on 17 April 1847 at Redruth, Cornwall. Census returns identify five children.
- Eliza Jane (1851-1935) – married Alfred Thomas Newland, a watchmaker and jeweller
- Elizabeth Jenkyn (1853-1875)
- Henry Richard (1856-1934) – a schoolmaster
- Harriet Mary (1862-1955) – married John Schofield, a coal merchant
- Agnes Henrietta (1864-1891) – married Rowland Page Austin, a printer compositor
After the death of his wife, Henry spent his last days with his daughter Eliza. Henry died on 21 November 1895 at Brierley Hill, Staffordshire and was buried at Basingstoke cemetry.
- 1840 Salisbury
- 1841 Hereford
- 1842 Bristol
- 1844 Redruth
- 1845 Truro
- 1847 Newport Pagnell
- 1850 Southam
- 1851 Leamington
- 1854 Andover
- 1857 Banbury
- 1860 Whitney
- 1863 Andover
- 1866 Motcombe
- 1869 Basingstoke
- 1873 Micheldever
- 1874 Sturminster
- 1875 Brinkworth
- 1879 Basingstoke (S)
- 1895 Brierley Hill
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867/513 (portrait); 1896/388 (wife); 1896/944
PM Minutes 1896/36
Bedfordshire Community Archive – Primitive Methodism in Aspley Guise
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers