BOWMAN, Samuel 1815 - 1873
Obituary Minutes of Conference 1873
Samuel Bowman ; who was born at White-Abbey, near Carrickfergus, April 7th, 1815.
His parents were godly Methodists, who brought him up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” He feared the Lord from his youth, and in very early life experienced the regenerating grace of God.
While pursuing his studies at the University of Glasgow, he began to preach, and was called to the full work of the Christian ministry in 1837.
His first Circuit was Truro, where his labours were greatly blessed to the conversion of sinners. He subsequently travelled in various parts of England and Scotland, and in every Circuit, it is believed, was instrumental in turning men from “darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.”
He was a man of good natural ability, and of considerable attainments. As a preacher, he was clear and sound in doctrinal statements, fertile in illustration, and practical in aim; as a friend and pastor, he was tender, considerate, sympathizing, and faithful.
His constitution, never robust, was greatly enfeebled by severe attacks of illness, brought on by arduous toil and exposure in the earlier years of his ministry.
After thirty-five years of faithful service, he became a Supernumerary at the last Conference, and retired to Gainsborough, where, after a few hours illness, he exchanged mortality for life, on Saturday, March 8th, 1873, in the fifty-eighth year of his age, and the thirty-sixth of his ministry.