Members of New Mills Independent Church (Providence Church) 1831 – 1858

Introduction

D177/5 in the New Mills Local History Society archives is a photocopy of a manuscript notebook containing an account of the early years of Providence Church, New Mills, probably compiled about 1858. The author is unknown. The account includes a list of members of the Church admitted between 1831 and 1858. I thought that this would be of interest to family and local historians and so I have transcribed the contents of the notebook. Much fuller histories of the Church were written by the Rev. W. D. Edmondson in 1923 (a photocopy is available in NMLHS archives, D177/8) and by Mr J. P. Bowden in 1969 (published by NMLHS as New Mills History Notes no. 12), but these do not contain the complete list of names. The notebook and some other historical documents were kindly lent by the Church to New Mills Local History Society in 1986 so that photocopies could be made before the original documents were returned to the Church. In my transcript there are a few points of uncertainty because of lack of clarity in the original document and imperfections in the photocopy.

Roger Bryant, September 2013

The Independent Interest at New Mills in the County of Derby
& parish of Glossop.

This Interest had its origin with a person of the name of Steele, who was a member of the Independent Church meeting at Grosvenor Street Manchester under the pastoral care of the late Venerable William Roby & the said Mr. Steele was a superintendent of the Sabbath School connected with the above place of Worship, & was much respected. Having taken a Cotton Mill in the Torrs at New Mills he and his family removed thither. The Lord having crowned his labours at Manchester in conveying instruction to young with great success, he felt it his incumbent duty not to be idle at New Mills he therefore offered his humble assistance to the committee of the Wesleyan Sunday School, but they would not accept it. Being requested by a many persons to establish a Sabbath School himself, he accordingly took the upper story of the premises belonging to Mr. John Bridge about they year 1816. His heart was encouraged by the cooperation of a goodly number of pious Teachers and such an attendance of children & young persons as to make the place too small. Having to contend with many difficulties in his benevolent efforts especially when the anniversary sermons were preached, the friends of the Institution being obliged to assemble in barns & often in the open fields, at the mercy of the weather both preacher & hearers being drenched with rain the consequence was that many of leading & liberal tradesmen in the village & neighbourhood, came forward offering to subscribe handsomely towards building a Sunday School & place of Worship of the Independent denomination & were seconded in the undertaking by handsome subscriptions from Manchester & the neighbouring Churches. Accordingly the present place of Worship was erected in the year 1823. Mr. Steele having been unfortunate in business, was obliged to return to Manchester in 1827 & soon after died. The Interest gradually declined & for a while the place was closed. But towards the close of the year 1829 the Derbyshire Union took the place under their patronage & for a time the place was supplied by the neighbouring Ministers. In the year 1830 the Rev. S. Simon Independent Minister at Bullocksmithy near Stockport was invited by the friends and patronized by the Derbyshire Union. He commenced his stated Ministry the first Sunday in May 1830. The interest gradually improved until the 24th of July 1831 when a Christian Church was formed. The Rev. John Adamson of Charlesworth described the nature of a church of Christ, & then a church Covenant was read by the Rev. S. Simon when the following individuals united themselves together to form a Christian Church, then the Rev. Joseph Batley of Marple Bridge preached & presided at the administration of the Lord’s Supper.

The persons who formed the Church are the following viz.

John Yates Present at
the formation
of the
Church
1831. July
Sarah Yates July 24. 1831
Mary Yates '' '' '' Deceased
Henry Taylor '' '' '' Removed
David Bradburn '' '' '' '' '' '' Transferred
Mary Hunt '' '' '' '' '' '' Transferred
Anne Bower '' '' '' '' '' '' Removed
John Sumner '' '' '' '' '' '' Deceased
Randl[e] Milne '' '' '' '' '' '' '' '' ''


The following members have been admitted since then.

Names How admitted Remarks Year Month Day
Mary Simon Hazel Grove Transferred
1831 July 24
Sarah Bower Glossop        '' '' '' Removed '' '' ''
Mary Barnes

1831 '' ''
Hannah Luke Transferred Withdrawn 1833 January
Joseph Goddard Vote of Church
'' ''
Francis Haslingdon '' '' '' Removed '' '' ''
Cath. Mosley '' '' '' Deceased '' Feb. 1
John Shallcross '' '' '' Transferred '' March 5
Edward Dyas Oswestry Transferred Transferred 1833 March 5
Jeremiah Whitehead Vote of Chapel Withdrawn '' July 5
John Wild '' '' ''
'' Sept 1
B. Allen '' '' '' Removed '' Nov 2
Wm. Bailey '' '' '' Deceased 1834 Ap. 27
Fanny Bailey '' '' '' '' '' '' ''
Hannah Shallcross '' '' '' Transferred '' '' ''
H. Anderton '' '' '' Withdrawn '' '' ''
Jno. Woodcock '' '' '' Transferred '' '' ''
H. Ardern '' '' '' Removed '' July ''
Sarah Brown '' '' '' Transferred 1835 June 28
Grace Whittaker '' '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
Thos. Wild '' '' '' Withdrawn '' July 26
S. Sutcliffe '' '' ''
'' Aug 27
Jas. Rothwell '' '' '' Withdrawn '' '' ''
Wm. Bate '' '' ''
'' Nov 29
E. Ardern '' '' '' Deceased 1836 Aug 28
John Openshaw '' '' '' Withdrawn '' Oct 30
John Hurst '' '' '' Ministry
Nov 27
Jos. Wild '' '' '' Deceased 1837 Jan 29
Eliza Wild Vote of Ch. Deceased 1837 Jany 29
Mary Wild '' '' Withdrawn '' '' ''
Sarah Bate '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
Hanley Pickersgill '' '' Ministry '' Aug 27
Isaac Sutcliffe '' ''
'' '' ''
Alice Swann '' '' Transferred 1838 Feb 25
Sarah Wild '' ''
'' '' ''
Jos. Craig '' '' Removed '' March 25
At a church meeting held pursuant to notice Ap 29 38 the following members were chosen Deacons by the Unanimous Vote of the Church viz.
John Yates Elected Deacon deceased 1838 April 29
D. Bradburn '' '' to Chinley '' '' ''
W. Bate '' ''
'' '' ''
Isaac Sutcliffe '' ''
'' '' ''
Elisha Swan Vote of Ch. Withdrawn 1838 Sept. 30
Frances Swan '' '' Deceased '' '' 30
Henry Green '' '' Withdrawn '' Oct 29
Peter Warren '' '' do do 1839 Feb 24
S. Heginbottom '' ''
''
E. Chapman '' '' Removed '' March 31
Mary Harrop Vote of Church Deceased 1839 March 31
M. Torkington '' '' Withdrawn '' May 26
H. Wild '' ''
'' June 30
E. Whittaker '' '' Deceased '' July 28
R. Chapman '' '' Removed '' '' ''
Anne Taylor '' '' Workhouse '' '' ''
Mary Dale '' '' Withdrawn '' Aug 25
T. Braddock '' '' Deceased 1840 Feb 22
J. Goodwin '' '' Withdrawn '' March 29
C. Baldwin '' '' Removed '' '' ''
Noah Hurst '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
Anne Warren '' '' Withdrawn '' July 26
A. Bruce '' ''
'' Nov. 26
S. Bruce '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
J. Garratt '' '' Removed 1841 Jan 31
T. Bennett '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
J. Sargent '' '' Removed '' March 28
Anne Sargent '' '' '' '' '' '' ''
S. Kimer '' '' Withdrawn '' Dec 26
Moses Hurst '' '' Withdrawn 1842 Jan 30
E. Woolley Vote of Church Deceased 1842 Jan 30
E. Baldwin '' '' '' Left village
Transferred
'' '' ''
Joshua Wood '' '' '' Deceased '' July 31
E. M. Wood '' '' '' Transferred '' '' ''
Jos. Clayton '' '' '' Withdrawn 1843 Feb 26
Hannah Clayton '' '' '' '' '' '' '' ''
John Taylor '' '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
Susan Gould '' '' '' Withdrawn '' July 30
M. A. Bradburn '' '' '' Withdrawn 1844 Feb 25
John Lowe '' '' ''
'' Dec 28
E. Lowe '' '' '' Deceased '' '' ''
J. Roberts Transferred
1845 Feb. 23
E. Roberts '' '' ''
'' '' ''
E. Sullivan '' '' ''
'' March 25
E. Sullivan J. '' '' ''
'' '' ''
J. Surtees Vote of Ch. Left village '' '' ''
G. Wharmby '' '' ''
1846 July 25

Deacon Elect April 23 1847

S. Sawtin Transferred Removed 1847 June 27
Sawtin Vote of Ch. Removed '' July 25
Maria Sawtin '' '' '' Removed '' '' ''
J Simpson Vote of Ch.
1847 August 29
Mrs Simpson '' '' '' Withdrawn '' '' ''
D. W. Simon '' '' '' Ministry '' '' ''



1851 April 2 1851
Joseph Simpson
Chosen deacon
May 29
Elizabeth Bowden '' '' '' Withdrawn
Do
David Ashworth ''

Do
Joseph Ashworth

1852 Nov 29 1852
Elizabeth Hall

1853 Do
Sarah M. Massey
Transferred 1853 April 27 1853
Ralp[h] Abercrombie
Ministry 1853 Nov 30 1853
Rachel Barrett Transferred
1855 Oct
Berthia Kelso[?] Transferred America[?] 1856 October
Anne Stafford Vote of Ch.
1856 Nov 30
Sarah Scutcliffe vote of Church
'' '' ''
Fred. Midwood Transferred
1858 July 11
Margaret Midwood Do


Marg[a]ret Pearson Vote of Church
1858 July 30
John Chapman Transferred
1858 Oct 31
Ann[?] Chapman Do


Frederick Midwood and David Ashworth were Chosen Deacons by the vote of Church July 11 1858.

Names How Admitted Remarks Residence Year Month & Day
Mary Barnes Transferred
Torr Top 1831 Jan. 7
Jos. Godard Vote of Ch. Miss G.[?]
See to this
New Mills 1833 Jan. ''
John Wild '' '' ''
Do '' Sept. 1
S. Sutcliffe '' '' '' Not Known
See to this
Birch Vale 1835 Aug 27
Wm. Bates '' '' ''
Do '' Nov 29
J. Sutcliffe '' '' ''
Do 1837 Aug 27
Sarah Wild '' '' '' gone to America[?] 1838 Feb 25
H. Wild '' '' ''
New Mills 1839 June 30
A. Bruice '' '' '' Dec.[?] Birch Vale

John Lowe '' '' '' Infirm Beard 1844 Dec. 28
Geo. Wharmby '' '' ''
Birch Vale 1846 July 26
Joseph Simpson '' '' ''
Low Leighton 1847 Aug 29
David Ashworth '' '' '' Chosen
Deacon
July 11
Birch Vale 1851 April 2
Joseph Ashworth '' '' ''
New Mills 1852 Nov. 29
Elizabeth Hall Transferred
Birch Vale 1853 Nov. 30
Rachal Barrett Do Sick Do 1855 October
Ann Stafford Vote of Ch.
Do 1856 Nov. 30
Sarah Sutcliffe '' '' ''
Do '' '' ''
Fred Midwood Transferred Chosen
Deacon
sometime
High Lee 1858 July 11
Marg[a]ret Midwood Do
Do '' '' ''
Marg[ar]et Pearson Vote of Ch
Beard Hall 1858 July 30
John Chapman Transferred
Waterford Brg. '' Oct. 31
Ann Chapman Do
Do '' '' ''