Rev Samuel Broadbent

Scope and Content

Papers, 1815-1894, of and relating to Samuel Broadbent, comprising his ordination certificate, 13 November 1815; notes for a sermon preached in Greetland before leaving for Ceylon [Sri Lanka], 1815; letters between Rev & Mrs Broadbent and family & friends, 1818-1872; printed Encyclopaedia of Knowledge [before 1826] belonging to Broadbent, vestige of his possessions destroyed at Maquassie in 1826, with a manuscript note by him [after 1826] concerning its history; volume containing manuscript English-Bechuana vocabulary and Lord's Prayer, undated, and other loose Bechuana texts; South African scalping knife; account [after 1832] of the life of Louisa Frances Broadbent; notes of Broadbent's journey to southern Ireland on missionary deputation with the Rev W Toase, 1833; printed article by Broadbent on agriculture in South Africa, 'Incidental results of Christian Missions', 1850; Dorothy Hinckman's manuscript account of the 'Maria Mail Boat', 1852; printed map of south-eastern Africa, 1857; 3 volume manuscript entitled 'Reminiscences and Incidents of Missionary Travell in South Africa' by Samuel Broadbent, undated; manuscript entitled 'Autobiography of Revd S Broadbent', undated; file of autobiographical notes, one set of which entitled 'Memorials', undated; photograph of Samuel Broadbent, unframed, and another, framed (with copy negative), both undated; manuscript copies [19th century] from letters of Miss Broadbent concerning the last hours of Samuel Broadbent, 1867; remembrance card for Samuel Broadbent, 1867; the Rev T A Chalker's 'The Story of an African Mission', from the Methodist Record (1894), mentioning Broadbent; undated photograph of the gravestone of Samuel and Sarah Broadbent; manuscript transcript [19th century] of the epitaph on the gravestone of Louisa Frances Broadbent.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born at Baistow, Skircoat, near Halifax, Yorkshire, England, 27th October 1794; converted in early life and began to evangelise; ordained, 1815; Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society missionary to Ceylon [Sri Lanka], 1815-1820; missionary to southern Africa, 1820-1826; his health failed and he returned to England; minister at Penzance, Cornwall, 1826-1827; Ashby-de-la-Zouche, 1827-1830; Hereford, 1830-1833; Douglas, Isle of Man, 1833-1836; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1836-1839; Carlisle, 1839-1841; Newark, 1841-1844; Bramley, 1844-1846; Doncaster, 1846-1848; Warrington, 1848-1851; Grimsby, 1851-1854; Midsomer Norton, 1854-1857; Retford, 1857-1859; Darlington, 1859; became a supernumerary and settled at Lytham, continuing preaching and pastoral work, 1863; married firstly Louisa Wynn (1801-1832) and secondly Sarah Burton (c1804-1865); he died at Lytham, Lancashire, on 3rd June 1867.

Further Reading:

Allcock, J W, Centenary memorial to the Rev. Samuel Broadbent, pioneer missionary of the Transvaal, 1823 (1922);

Broadbent, Memoir of the Rev. Samuel Broadbent. By his daughter (1870);

Broadbent, S, The missionary martyr of Namaqualand. Memorials of the Rev. William Threlfall, late Wesleyan missionary in South Africa; who was murdered in Great Namaqualand, together with two native converts, Jacob Links and Johannes Jager (1860);

Broadbent, S, Louisa Frances : or, An authentic account of the escape of an Anglo-Indian girl, from the arrogant claims of Romanism, in consequence of the rashness and cruelty of a priest of Goa, East Indies (1865);

Broadbent, S, A narrative of the first introduction of Christianity amongst the Barolong tribe of Bechuanas, South Africa : with a brief summary of the subsequent history of the Wesleyan mission to the same people (1865);

Mears, Mason & Evans, Methodist missionaries no. 4. Herbert Louis Bishop, John William Househam, the Bechuana mission, Samuel Broadbent, Thomas Laidman Hodgson, James Archbell, John Edwards, Thomas Jenkins, James Scott (c1958).

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Related Material

Official correspondence by Samuel Broadbent whilst a missionary in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] and South Africa can be found within the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society archive. Correspondence from the Ceylon districts can be found within MMS/Ceylon/Correspondence/FBN 1. Correspondence written from the districts within which he worked in South Africa can be found amongst MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/General/FBN 1, MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/Albany/FBN 2 & MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/Cape/FBN 7. Furthermore, the synod minutes should detail his work, and that of his colleagues, in South Africa (MMS/South Africa/Synod Minutes/FBN 1). There are no extant synod minutes for Ceylon [Sri Lanka] between 1815 and 1820. The odd letter by Samuel Broadbent can be found within the Steele Collection (MMS/Special Series/Various Papers/FBN 46).