Coedpoeth Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Coedpoeth
Reverend Frederick Samuels, 1852-1903
“In loving memory of the Rev. Frederick Samuels, Minister of the London Road Baptist Church, Stoke-on-Trent. Born February 28th 1852. Died January 10th 1903”
Frederick Samuels was born on the 28th February 1852 in Adwy, Coedpoeth. He was the son of Jonathan and Caroline Samuels. He was born into a coal mining family, his father, Jonathan being a colliery labourer.
At sometime in the 1870’s, Frederick became an Independent Methodist Minister. In the early summer of 1880, Frederick had a change of heart regarding his religious beliefs. On Sunday 25th July 1880, Frederick and his wife, Caroline, attended at the New Street Baptist Chapel, Hanley, Staffordshire. The pastor at this chapel was conducting baptisms. Frederick and his wife put themselves forward as candidate for baptism. Prior to Frederick being baptised, the pastor of the chapel, Reverend Johnson asked Frederick to explain his change of mind about baptism to the congregation. Frederick was reported to have explained that,
“his thoughts had been directed to the matter for a long time, and when he had to baptise or sprinkle infants he felt uneasy about the matter. He stated that after prayerfully searching the scriptures he felt convinced that immersion was the only baptism spoken of in the Bible. Feeling this, he felt he must be immersed.”
Frederick and Caroline were subsequently baptised by immersion into water. It is at this time that Frederick converted from being an Independent Methodist Minister to a Baptist Minister.
Frederick’s ministry led him and his family to regularly move: In 1881, he was working as a Baptist Minister in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, where he had previously been engaged as an Independent Methodist Minister; in 1891, he was engaged as a Baptist Minister in Melbourne, Derbyshire; and by 1901 he was residing at Richmond Villas, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, and preaching at the London Road Baptist Chapel.
Frederick died on the 10th January 1903 and was buried near to his home village.
Written and researched by Wayne Cronin-Wojdat, B.A (Hons.), MSc – Historical Gems.
Full Gravestone Inscription: “The Rev. Frederick Samuels, Minister of the London Road Baptist Church, Stoke-on-Trent. Born February 20th 1852. Died January 10th 1903. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Also of Catherine, beloved wife of the above, born October 20th 1843, died March 10th 1882.”
England & Wales National Probate Calendar, 1903, Frederick Samuels.
1861 Wales Census, 6 Offa Terrace, Bersham, archive ref RG9, piece 4284, folio 65, page 5.
1871 Wales Census, Hughes Terrace, Adwy, archive ref RG10, piece 5655, folio 62, page 5.
1881 England Census, Smithfield, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, archive ref RG11, piece 3248, folio 94, p7.
1891 England Census, Victoria Street, Melbourne, Derbyshire, archive ref RG12, piece 2720, folio 68, page 24.
1901 England Census, 90 Penkhull New Road, Stoke-on-Trent, archive ref RG13, piece 2610, folio 109, page 6.