Yooll, Henry (1814-1885)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early years

Henry was born on 7 April 1814 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of William and Mary. At the age of 13, he became an orphan in the care of Mr Payne, his step-father. Payne married a Roman Catholic and Henry found himself persecuted within his home. He left home aged 14 and found an apprenticeship, learning the art of wool combing, under Joseph Pease of Darlington. For a while, Henry became the leader of a group of sceptics in Darlington, but found his conversion under the preaching of William Towler on 12 August 1834. He soon went on the plan and started his itinerant ministry in 1837 at Berwick where William Towler was superintendent.


Colin McKechnie, one of Henry’s colleagues at Hexham in 1842, describes him in the following words; “a man of devout spirit, who attended well to pastoral duties and was well received as
a preacher”.

His obituary records an increase of over 2000 on his stations during his ministry. His son, Henry, writes; ‘He was a lover of concord, a faithful friend, forgetful of self in the interests of others, a loving parent, a kind husband, a diligent pastor, a faithful expositor of the Word and a general favourite in the homes of our people.’


Henry married Sarah Wightman (1814-1855) on 9 July 1844 at Brough under Stainmore, Westmorland. Census returns identify three children.

  • George (1845-1866)
  • Henry (1846-1926) – a PM Minister; President of Conference in 1907
  • Elizabeth (1848-1911) – a boarding house keeper

Henry married Elizabeth Hattle (1821-1890) on 23 April 1856 at Edinburgh, Scotland.

Henry died on 19 March 1885 in Carlisle, Cumberland.


  • 1838 N Shields
  • 1839 Ripon
  • 1840 Hexham
  • 1843 Barnard Castle
  • 1844 Whitby
  • 1845 Darlington
  • 1846 Newcastle
  • 1848 S Shields
  • 1850 Kendal
  • 1852 Sunderland
  • 1854 Alloa
  • 1857 Berwick
  • 1859 Hexham
  • 1862 Whitby
  • 1864 Wolsingham
  • 1866 Barnard Castle
  • 1869 Blyth
  • 1870 Whitehaven
  • 1873 Allendale
  • 1874 Carlisle
  • 1876 Westgate
  • 1879 Carlisle (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1855/633 (wife); 1863 (portrait); 1885/563

PM Minutes 1885/15

The Primitive Methodist, 1885/203

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, v ol 2, p158

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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