The entry for the marriage of Henry and Jane (Stranger) Daniels in the Christow parish registers gives Henry’s father as John Daniels, a tradesman, but no other clear information about Henry’s ancestry has yet been found. According to his obituary in Minutes of Several Conversations... 1870, Henry Daniels was “born at Ecclesfield, near Sheffield, in the year 1802. Early in life, through the instrumentality of the late Rev. Theophilus Lessey, he became a subject of the converting grace of God After having been engaged for a time in different departments of Christian work in the town in which he resided, he was recommended as a candidate for the ministry, and in the year 1828 received his first appointment to a Circuit”.[1] The bishops’ transcripts for Sheffield Cathedral show that Henry, son of John Daniel, hatter, and Ann, was baptised on 26 June 1799 but it is uncertain whether this was the same person as the man who married Jane Stranger.


There was also a Henry Daniel living on Portobello Street, Sheffield, at the time of the 1861 census, when his age was given as fifty-six and his birthplace as Sheffield. This Henry's wife was named Ruth and he had a daughter called Mary, and in the 1851 census returns, he is stated to have been born at Norbury in Cheshire. He was probably the Henry Daniel of Norbury who married Ruth Smith at Stockport in 1827. Henry, son of James Daniel of Norbury, cordwainer, and Betty his wife, was born in 1804 and baptised at Poynton.


Other evidence also suggests a link between individuals surnamed Daniels in Sheffield and those of that name in the Stockport area. The will of Henry Daniels of Bosden, weaver, who died in 1831, mentions his sons John, Thomas and Henry, his brother Samuel Daniels, deceased, and property in Sheffield.[2] It may also be noted that Theophilus Lessey was said to have influenced the Henry Daniels who became a Wesleyan minister, and Theophilus Lessey received an appointment in 1827 to the superintendency of the Stockport circuit.[3]


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1     JOHN DANIELS, tradesman.


Child of John Daniels:[4]

2    i               HENRY DANIELS (ca 1802-1869); m(1) MARY LYDIA (SWAIN) ANNING; m(2) JANE STRANGER.


2     HENRY DANIELS, Wesleyan minister, was born ca 1802 at Ecclesfield, Yorkshire,[5] and died on 8 November 1869 at Tywardreath, Cornwall.[6] He married firstly, on 5 August 1834 at Bridport, Dorset, MARY LYDIA (SWAIN) ANNING, widow of George Anning and daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Roberts) Swain. Mary Lydia was born ca 1801 and died on 20 May 1840 at Buckfastleigh, Devon.[7] Henry married secondly, on 26 August 1841 at Christow, Devon, JANE STRANGER,[8] daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Sercombe) Stranger of Christow (see here). Jane was born on 17 May 1817 at Bovey Tracey, Devon, and died on 1 December 1896 at Tywardreath.


Child of Henry and Mary Lydia (Swain) (Anning) Daniels:

i               JOHN ROBERTS DANIELS, b 8 Feb 1838, Calstock, Cornwall,[9] d 7 Jun 1839, Buckfastleigh, Devon.[10]


         Children of Henry and Jane (Stranger) Daniels:

         3    ii             GEORGE SERCOMBE DANIELS (1843-1892); m EPIPHANY BULLOCK RUNDELL.

                iii          ELIZABETH DANIELS, b ca 1844, St. Mawes, Cornwall,[11] living in 1911;[12] m 11 Aug 1868, Wesleyan Methodist chapel, St. Austell, Cornwall, THOMAS ROBERTS.[13]

                iv          JANE DANIELS of Stratford, Ontario, music teacher, b 27 Oct 1846, Kingsbridge, Devon,[14] d 14 Aug 1930, Stratford, Ontario.[15]

                v           HENRY DANIELS of Nassagaweya, Ontario, farmer, b 16 Jun 1850, Buckfastleigh, d 27 Sep 1927, Hamilton, Ontario;[16] m 8 Mar 1881, Nassagaweya, REBECCA ELLEN ADAMSON.[17]

                vi          ANNA DANIELS, b ca 1853, Callington, Cornwall,[18] d 1879, Plymouth;[19] m 7 Sep 1875, Wesleyan Methodist meeting house, St. Austell, RUTLAND SPOONER.[20]


3     GEORGE SERCOMBE DANIELS, Wesleyan minister, was born on 26 June 1843 at Holsworthy, Devon,[21] and died on 1 February 1892 in Leeds, Yorkshire.[22] He married on 30 August 1870 at the Wesleyan Methodist meeting house, St. Austell, EPIPHANY BULLOCK RUNDELL,[23] daughter of Charles and Mary (Bullock) Rundell of Tywardreath (see here). Epiphany was born on 3 December 1844 at Tywardreath and died on 13 August 1922 in Leeds.


         Children of George Sercombe and Epiphany Bullock (Rundell) Daniels:

                i            HENRY DANIELS, b ca 1871, Gwinear, Cornwall,[24] d 10 Dec 1938, Seattle, Washington;[25] m 20 Mar 1907, Ballard, Washington, ESTELLE ADELE OSBORNE.[26]

                ii           CHARLES DANIELS of Wetherby, clerk, b ca 1874, Hayle, Cornwall,[27] d 30 Apr 1960, Wetherby, Yorkshire;[28] m 6 Jul 1904, Wesleyan Chapel, Boston Spa, Yorkshire, FLORENCE TETLEY.[29]

                iii          JANIE DANIELS, b ca 1875, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire,[30] d 26 May 1947, Headingley, Yorkshire;[31] m 9 Jul 1896, Brunswick Wesleyan chapel, Leeds, EDWARD TETLEY.[32]

                iv          LORENZO DANIELS of Leeds, Wesleyan minister, b ca 1877, Dudley, Worcestershire,[33] d 30 Nov 1956, Leeds.[34]

                v           PERCIVALE DANIELS, school stationer, b ca 1879, Netherton, Worcestershire, d 6 Nov 1907, Leeds.[35] 

                vi          NORMAN DANIELS, draper, b ca 1882, Fleetwood, Lancashire,[36] d 18 Jan 1957, Leeds;[37] m ANNIE LOUISA NICHOLLS.[38]

                vii         LANCELOT DANIELS of Leeds, shop manager, b 4 Sep 1888, Ripon, Yorkshire,[39] d 20 Apr 1959, Leeds;[40] m 14 May 1914, Wesleyan chapel, Guiseley, Yorkshire, NELLIE TURNER[41] (see here).

[1] Minutes of Several Conversations Between the Methodist Ministers... 1870 (London, 1870), 21.

[2] Online at www.findmypast.co.uk.

[3] John Hannah, Memorials of the Life, Ministry, and Correspondence of the Rev. Theophilus Lessey (London, 1842), 169.

[4] Christow parish registers (Devon Record Office).

[5] 1861 census returns, Saint Agnes (National Archives, RG 9/1555, fol. 101); 1870 Minutes, 21.

[6] Grant of probate.

[7] Bridport parish registers (Dorset Record Office, MIC/R/43); death certificate of Mary Lydia Daniels. Mary Lydia was a niece of Giles Lawrence Roberts, M.D., of Bridport (Jackson's Oxford Journal, 16 Aug 1834; will of Giles Lawrence Roberts, National Archives, PROB 11/1837). Joseph Swain and Lydia Roberts were married at Burton Bradstock in 1788 and George Anning and Mary Swain were married there in 1824 (Burton Bradstock parish register abstract, Society of Genealogists, London, DO/R99). In the Wesleyan circuit quarterly accounts for Somerset there is mention of "Mr and Mrs Daniells" on 31 Dec 1833 at South Petherton, where Henry Daniels was minister, perhaps giving the impression that Henry Daniels had an earlier wife, though elsewhere the accounts refer only to "Mr Daniells", and Henry is described as a bachelor in the parish register entry for his marriage to Mary Lydia Anning. See M.D. Costen, ed., Wesleyans and Bible Christians in South Somerset: Accounts and Minutes, 1808-1907, Somerset Record Society, 78(1984):29-32.

[8] Christow parish registers (Devon Record Office).

[9] Birth certificate.

[10] Death certificate.

[11] 1861 census returns, Saint Agnes (National Archives, RG 9/1555, fol. 101).

[12] 1911 census returns, Trowbridge (National Archives, RG 14/11964).

[13] Marriage certificate.

[14] 1861 census returns, Saint Agnes (National Archives, RG 9/1555, fol. 101); death record, Archives of Ontario, MS 935/397.

[15] Bible flyleaf in my possession, inscribed “To my dear nephew & niece, 'Lance' & Nellie Daniels, with the love, & best wishes of their 'aunt Jane' now in her 82nd year” with the address 46 Avon St, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and the date Feb 1928; death record, Archives of Ontario, MS 935/397.

[16] Birth certificate; death record, Archives of Ontario, MS 935/354; 1901 census returns, Nassagaweya, sub-district f-3, schedule 1, p8. The household enumerated adjacently to Henry's in 1901 was that of George Stranger (b 1823), Henry's uncle. The census returns give George's date of birth as 1 Feb 1823, agreeing with date of birth given in the entry for George's baptism in the records of the Ashburton Wesleyan circuit.

[17] Archives of Ontario, MS 932/36; 1901 census, Nassagaweya, sub-district f-3, schedule 1, p8; death record of Rebecca Ellen Adamson Daniels, 29 Dec 1934, Hamilton (Archives of Ontario).

[18] 1861 census returns, Saint Agnes (National Archives, RG 9/1555, fol. 101).

[19] The Cornishman, 13 Feb 1879. The will of Jane (Stranger) Daniels mentions "the children of my deceased daughter Anna".

[20] Marriage certificate.

[21] Birth certificate.

[22] The Leeds Mercury, 2 Feb 1892.

[23] Marriage certificate.

[24] 1891 census returns, 3 Wesley Street, Leeds.

[25] Washington deaths index (online at www.ancestry.com). He was known as Harry Daniels.

[26] Washington marriage records (online at www.ancestry.com); letter dated 4 Jan 1994 from Lorna A. (Daniels) Conrad, daughter of Henry and Estelle Adele (Osborne) Daniels.

[27] 1901 census returns, Leeds (National Archives, RG 13/4231, fol. 99).

[28] Grant of probate (will proved 25 Jul 1960, Wakefield).

[29] The Yorkshire Evening Post, 7 Jul 1904; information from Geoffrey Daniels, son of Lancelot and Nellie (Turner) Daniels.

[30] 1891 census returns, 3 Wesley Street, Leeds.

[31] The Yorkshire Post, 27 May 1947.

[32] Registers of Brunswick Wesleyan chapel, Leeds (online at www.ancestry.com).

[33] 1891 census returns, 3 Wesley Street, Leeds.

[34] The Yorkshire Post, 1 Dec 1956; grant of probate (will proved 25 Feb 1957, Principal Probate Registry).

[35] 1891 census returns, 3 Wesley Street, Leeds; The Yorkshire Evening Post, 6 Nov 1907.

[36] 1891 census returns, 3 Wesley Street, Leeds.

[37] The Yorkshire Post, 21 Jan 1957; grant of probate (will proved 13 Mar 1957, Principal Probate Registry).

[38] Information from Geoffrey Daniels, son of Lancelot and Nellie (Turner) Daniels; Lawnswood Cemetery registers. Geoffrey Daniels identified Annie Nicholls as a “Cornish cousin” from St. Austell.

[39] Notes by his father George Sercombe Daniels, in my possession.

[40] Yorkshire Evening Post, 21 Apr 1959.

[41] Marriage certificate.