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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.
I’m an ex shebberian and would like to keep up with college life. My grandad was the carpenter for the college for years; his name was Jack Jones and he roide a bycicle to the college every day. My aunt used to work at the college, Jane Jones, and my husband attended the college in the early 70s. Jeremy Tolley xx
The chapel has no burial ground, all burials were at the Parish churchyard. Hannah Hatcher died on 12th February 1880 aged 49 wife of Joseph Hatcher, address Ratt Cottage Arreton. She was buried on 15th February 1880. Joseph Hatcher died on 21 August 1885 aged 57, at Ratt Cottage Arreton. He was a shepherd at Perreton Farm Arreton. He was buried on 24th August 1885. There is no headstone. Details have been taken from the Parish Register for Arreton
I live in Hingham, Massachusets. USA. I have been doing research on my ancestors in Arreton. I always assumed that they were Church of England , and belonged to the ancient church there. But I could find neither Joseph Hatcher or Hannah Ballard Hatcher buried there. They are my paternal great grandparents. I am thrilled to find Joseph Hatcher and William Ballard listed as original trustees! Is there a list of the burials at that church? Thank you very much!
Bryanites first annual conference was held at Badash Farm, Launceston, and chapel was built in St Thomas Road, later a minister’s house was added. The house is still there. At one time the old chapel and house became the Launceston Brush Company’s factory, turning out metal-wire machine brushes, It became a mortuary/depot for a burial company, a music studio, a removals depot, etc.