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This page was amended on 8 November 2020 to add Appendix 2 containing further information about female itinerant preachers in the Bible Christian Church.
Paul Robins was born September 6, 1804 in Kenwyn, Corwall and died in Bowmanville, Ontario on April 29, 1890. He joined the Bible Christians in 1819 and was assigned to Ringsash in January 1823. He was President of the Conference in 1836 and 1843. A brief biography for Paul Robins is available in A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland. https://dmbi.online/index.php?do=app.entry&id=2340 An extract of his journal describing his voyage from Padstow to Quebec City in 1846 is available at http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~biblechristian/history/other/robins_paul_voyage.html
It would be nice to know a little bit about Paul Robins, also a preacher, who was married to both of these extraordinary ladies, including his birth and death year.
Since researching Mary Ann Clifton Symons, I have found her in North Devon in 1841. She was listed as Simmons. She appears to have remained loyal to O’Bryan in 1829. I’ve also found one of her children’s Armenian baptisms. Daughter Mary Elizabeth Symons was baptized by Armenian minister William Rodd in 1834. William Rod’s Armenian baptisms were transcribed into the Shebbear B.C. register a couple of years after unification. In 1851 Mary Ann and her family were in Monmouthshire, not far from where Mary Ann Werry was at the time. Mary Ann Clifton died at Newport Wales in 1853.
My great grandfather, Revd Thomas Langdon Rogers trained at Shebbear and was ordained as a Bible Christian Minister in 1905. 100 years before I was ordained as a presbyter. He served across the south of England, Bristol, Portland, twice at Christin Fitzpaine and South Wales. He is buried in Cheriton Chapel burial ground.
My great-great grandfather was baptized in a Bible Christian church in Michaelstow Circuit, Cornwall. I believe it was called Zoar Chapel? Does that building still exist and do you know where it is located? Thank you.
You have omitted the fact that Mary Thorne was a child of William Bryant (the co-founder), she was known on the circuit as the ‘the maiden preacher’, plus one of her offspring Serena became even more famous in Australia as an early ‘feminist’ leader (womens suffrage pre-dated British suffrage by thirty years) and great preacher (she married Octavius Lake, another well-known S. Australian preacher)
Sam was infected with typhoid then passed away, when he looked after his colleague William H. Hudspeth (Chinese name is Wang Shude 王树德）who got the typhoid first and then recovered, according to two biographers, William Alexander GristR Elliot (1921) and R Elliot Kendall (1948), not Frank Dymond. -Huijuan Hua (a PhD from Yunnan on researching the music transformation affected by Sam Pollard)
The Millom circuit register transcript has been available, upon request to staff, at Whitehaven Archives since 2011. It can be made available on this site if required.
Colin Short’s e-mail has had to change. Please now use … Colin@biblechristian.plus.com
What a beautiful tribute this video is to the relationship of Christian loving kindness brought to the Miao people by Samuel Pollard, Harry Parsons and their wives. My father visited Stone Gateway several times with Ken Parsons, son of Harry and Annie. He is 96 now and still holds a special place in his heart for the Miao.
Sam was no shrinking violet. He was keen to share his adventures with the folks back home through his books, Bible Christian magazine and the national press. His confidence and self-belief that he alone was the liberator/protector of the Miao, brought him into conflict with his colleagues in Zhaotung. On his return from furlough in 1910, he took upon himself all the Miao work, reversing the decision of the Synod that the work should be shared. His school friend, Frank Dymond, and the young minister, Will Hudspeth, helped, but it was Sam who carried the greatest load including translating the New Testament into Miao. This heavy workload must have been a contributory factor in him succumbing to typhoid.
For Sam it was always the next adventure, the next horizon, the next village. Only after his death was it possible for deeper foundations to be established, particularly through the ministry of Harry and Annie Parsons, that enabled the leaps forward in health, education (writing and literacy), and family life that the Miao celebrate today. That having been said, the Pollard Script remains the defining symbol of their culture and self-determination.
On behalf of John Parsons
The former (large) Bible Christian Chapel in Knowle, Bristol was demolished to make way for housing in 1965. My Gran rescued some stained glass (since disappeared, sadly), but apart from that, nothing remains. Pity, it was a pleasant-looking place…
I think the slope is headed the wrong direction….the corner where the church sits is the lowest point of the slope. I know of no previous church on the site that was replaced with the building in 1897, but perhaps there was?
See my initial new listings for Radnor, Redruth; Gloweth, Truro and Penponds, Camborne all in Cornwall
Additional books to add to the list:
Bourne, F. W. The King’s Son: or, A Memoir of Billy Bray. Compiled Chiefly from his Own Memoranda. Bible Christian Book-Room. London (1871)
Court, Lewis H. The Romance of a Country Circuit. Sketches of Village Methodism. Henry Hooks. London (1921).
Could this be Tower Street Methodist Church, Exmouth, Devon, which is on the internet as being built in 1897 and still in use I believe? There are similarities in the photographs and I know that the rear/side of the Exmouth Church is on a slope.
Sam Pollard of China and Emma Hainge (of Birmingham) had 4 sons, not 3. They were, Sam who became a senior mathematics wrangler at Cambridge, Bert, Walter (born 1901) and Ernest (born 1906).
Incidentally, what has happened to the original stone plaque on the manse where Sam was born?
Also I think you will find he caught typhoid from nursing fellow missionary (and old school chum , I think) Frank Dymond. I never heard the “dying child” story anyway.
Emma Hainge as a young girl was a Sunday School teacher and involved with the (Sunday School) football team that shortly afterwards became Aston Villa. She used to accompany the boys when they travelled to fixtures. I don’t think she did much coaching, though!
My great grandfather William Dunford was married at Zion Chapel Newport Isle of Wight to Mary Anne March on 8 January 1859 by the Minister James Bartlett. Is there any record of the chapel or the people?
Rev James Thorne instituted the Bible Christian Total Abstinence Society in Langtree, Devon June 18, 1837. A pinback medal with his portrait on it was created to commemorate the event.
Albert Burnside, “EYNON, JOHN HICKS,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 11, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed February 23, 2017, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/eynon_john_hicks_11E.html.
October 2016. I’ve only just found this extremely important submission. The publication of James Thorne’s ‘Vindication’ which had disappeared from view enables fresh assessment to be made of the 1829 disputes within the Connexion, and may lead to me having to alter what I wrote in ‘Feet of Clay’ in 2007. The document requires careful reading. Great thanks are to be expressed for its appearance.